The indigenously developed Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) Astra underwent a series of successful trials for four days over the Bay of Bengal, marking completion of its development phase. The successful trial of the Beyond Visual Range Air to Air Missile (BVRAAM) paves way for its induction into the Indian Air Force.
The final development flight trials of Astra BVRAAM were successfully conducted over the Bay of Bengal, off the coast of Chandipur in Odisha during September 11-14. A total of seven trials were conducted against pilotless target aircraft successfully.
The missile system has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in cooperation with the IAF. A number of defence public sector undertakings (DPSUs) and more than 50 public and private industries have contributed in developing the weapon system. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated the DRDO, IAF, DPSUs and industries for the successful trials of the missile.
All the sub-systems performed accurately, meeting all the mission parameters and objectives. Two missiles were also launched in the combat configuration with warhead.