Astra Mk-2 & Mk-3: Air-to-air missiles of 300 km range are going to be included in the Indian Air Force very soon. After the induction of this missile in the Air Force, India’s strength will increase significantly.
Astra Mk-2 & Mk-3: Two air-to-air missiles are going to be included in the Indian Air Force soon. One of these missiles will have a range of 160 km, while the other missile will annihilate the enemy up to a range of 300 km in the air. Both these missiles are indigenous. After the launch of these missiles, the strength of the Indian Air Force will increase significantly.
- Both missiles can be launched by 2024
Hindustan Times quoted an Air Force official as saying that the names of these missiles are Astra Mk-2 and Mk-3. Astra Mk-2 next year while Mk-3 is likely to be tested in the year 2024. This project is very important for the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO). The current Astra Mk-1 missile has a range of up to 100 km.
- Steps being considered towards self-reliance
The Defense Ministry on May 31 signed a Rs 2,971 crore contract with Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) to equip the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy with Astra Mk-1 missiles and related equipment. It is being considered as a step of self-reliance in the defense manufacturing sector. DRDO has shared technology with BDL for the production of Astra Mk-1 and related systems.
- will beat china
Let us tell you that China has developed the air-to-air missile PL-15. Its range is up to 160 km. This missile is considered one of the most powerful missiles in the world. But now the Astra missile, which is going to be made in India, will beat China in this matter.
- Will be involved in many fighter planes
Officials said the Astra Mk-1 missile has been fully integrated with the Sukhoi-30 fighter jets and will now enhance the capabilities of other fighters, including the Tejas light combat aircraft. Also the Navy’s MiG-29K fighter aircraft, which operate from India’s INS Vikramaditya, will be equipped with the Astra Mk-1 missile.