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Q33) Indigenously developed Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missile, Astra, was successfully test fired by the Indian Air Force off the coast of Odisha near the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Balasore. Consider the following statements:

1)  Astra is India’s first beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) that is capable of engaging its target at ranges of 37 km or beyond. It has operational range of 60km.

2)  It is an all-weather missile has been indigenously designed and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organization.

Which of the above statement(s) is/are correct?


  1. Only 1

  2. Only 2

  3. None of these

  4. Both of these


Solution

The correct option is D

Both of these


Ans:33)(c)Astra is India’s first beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) that is capable of engaging its target at ranges of 37 km or beyond. It has operational range of 60km.

  • The all-weather missile has been indigeniously designed and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • It is a state-of-the-art missile in the sense that it travels at supersonic speed (4780 km/h), possesses Single Shot Kill Probability (SSKP) with active radar terminal guidance, uses smokeless propulsion system to evade enemy radars and has the capacity to engage in multi-target scenario.
  • The 3.8 metre long missile is the smallest of the DRDO-developed missiles and can be launched from different altitudes.
  •  It can reach up to 110 km when fired from an altitude of 15 km, 44 km when launched from an altitude of eight km and 21 km when fired from sea level.
  • Apart from integrating the missile with Su-30, the missile will be mounted on other fighter aircrafts including Tejas (Light Combat Aircraft), Mirage-2000 and MIG-29.

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