astra missile,BVR air-to-air 'Astra' missile test-fired from Orissa,India test fires short range Astra missile  

Indigenously developed and beyond visual range (BVR) air-to-air missile 'Astra' was today test-fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Orissa.

The missile was fired from a launcher in the launch pad No. 2 of the ITR complex at about 9.45 am, defence sources said.

After thorough data analysis of the flight test, another test is expected to be conducted shortly, they said.

"Before being made fully operational, the complex missile system will undergo some more trials, though tests on its navigation, control, air frame, propulsion and other sub-systems have been validated," said a source from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) at ITR.

The single-stage, solid fuel 'Astra' missile "is more advanced in its category than the contemporary BVR missiles and it is capable of engaging and destroying highly manoeuvrable supersonic aerial targets".

 Source : PTI

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