SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
This year, the Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM) will undergo captive trials on the LSP Tejas Mk1 aircraft, with live trials planned for later in the year. Last year, Boris Solomiac, MBDA General Delegate India, confirmed that the Tejas Mk1A fleet would receive close combat missiles, and the company is collaborating with an Indian agency to integrate the missile system.
To support the Indian Air Force, MBDA has partnered with Bharat Dynamics Ltd to perform final assembly, integration, and testing (FAIT) of ASRAAM missiles in India. The integration of both ASRAAM and Python-5 missiles onto the Tejas Mk1A and Mk2 will significantly enhance the combat capabilities of the jet, as both missiles are widely regarded as among the best short-range air-to-air missiles in the world.
The Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM) is a highly agile, infrared-guided missile designed for air-to-air combat scenarios. It is used by several countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, and Norway.
ASRAAM features an advanced digital autopilot and an imaging infrared seeker that allows it to engage targets in both head-on and tail-chase scenarios. The missile also has a range of up to 25 kilometers and can reach speeds of up to Mach 3.
One of the unique features of the ASRAAM is its ability to lock onto a target before launch, enabling pilots to fire the missile before they have a direct line of sight with the target. This feature, along with its high speed and agility, make the ASRAAM a highly effective air-to-air weapon.
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