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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian Air Force (IAF) will be receiving the first batch of Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVR-AAM) Astra by end of this year and Defence Ministry and IAF have started the process of placing fresh orders for the Astra missile by end of this year or early 2020 for at least 100 units produced by defense PSU Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL).

BEL is already manufacturing of 50 pre-production samples ordered by IAF. More than 50 private and public sector industries are involved in the development and production of different sub-systems of the missile, earlier small batch order was done to smoothen out production line and ensure quality issues are ironed out before it hits scale production.

Astra BVR-AAM has completed its final development trial along with User trials last year and the missile has engaged targets and all the mission objectives have been met. Su-30 will be first fighter jet to get the new potent missile system which has edge over Russian R-77 BVR-AAM in terms of range and superior end-game performance.

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