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First fully integrated SFDR based Astra Mk-III BVRAAM to be tested in Mid 2023, will be equipped on Sukhoi Su-30MKI and indigenous LCA Tejas

Source : IgMp Bureau

First fully integrated SFRD based Astra Mk-III BVRAAM to be tested in Mid 2023, will be equipped on Sukhoi Su-30MKI and indigenous LCA Tejas
Computer Generated Image (CGI) of Astra Mk-III BVRAAM by Kuntal Biswas


The DRDO has officially named the Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) propulsion based Air-to-Air Missile as the Astra Mk-III that will have a length of 3.8 meters and weight of 218 kilograms.

The Astra Mk-III can be launched from an aircraft flying at an speed of 2.2 Mach and it will have a speed of Mach 3.6 and a range of 190 kilometers when launched from eight kilometers altitude and a range of 340 kilometers when launched from 20 kilometers altitude.

Interestingly the Astra Mk-III will also be integrated on both the Sukhoi Su-30 and indigenous Tejas Light Combat Aircraft.

The DRDO is preparing to assemble a fully integrated Astra Mk-III missile that will be used for the first developmental trials in mid of 2023.

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