LCA Tejas successfully test-fires Astra BVR air-to-air missile

India successfully fired the indigenous Astra Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missile from ‘Tejas’ Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) LSP-7 off the coast of Goa on August 23, 2023.

The missile release was successfully carried out from the aircraft at an altitude of about 20,000 ft.

Further, all the objectives of the test were met and it was a perfect text book launch.

The test launch was monitored by the Test Director and scientists of Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) along with officials from Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC) and Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance (DG-AQA).

The aircraft was also monitored by a Chase Tejas twin seater aircraft.

ASTRA, a state-of-the-art BVR air-to-air missile to engage and destroy highly maneuvering supersonic aerial targets, is designed and developed by Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), Research Centre Imarat (RCI) and other laboratories of DRDO. \