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The Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), responsible for the development of the LCA-Tejas, has confirmed the completion of critical Ground Vibration Tests (GVT) and Structural Coupling Tests (SCT) for the integration of the Astra Mk1 Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Missile and the Elta SPJ Pod 8222.
The integration of the Astra Mk1 BVR Missile was carried out on LSP-5 (Limited Series Production-5). The successful completion of the GVT and SCT with Astra installed at mid-board (MB) stations, along with other store combinations at remaining stations, has paved the way for the upcoming flight testing.
The Astra Mk1 BVR Missile is a state-of-the-art air-to-air missile, known for its beyond-visual-range engagement capability, providing the LCA-Tejas with a formidable advantage in aerial combat. This indigenous missile, developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), empowers the Tejas with the ability to engage enemy aircraft from a safe distance, ensuring the pilot’s safety and significantly increasing the jet’s lethality.
ADA has also confirmed the successful integration and flight testing of the Elta SPJ Pod 8222 on the LCA-Tejas. The Electronic Warfare (EW) suite of the Elta SPJ Pod is a crucial addition to the Tejas’ combat capabilities, enhancing its survivability in hostile environments. The Elta SPJ Pod 8222 is designed to disrupt and neutralize enemy radar systems, providing the LCA-Tejas with electronic warfare capabilities and electronic countermeasures.
The completion of these integrations and flight tests is a major boost for the upcoming Tejas Mk1A fighter jet, an upgraded version of the LCA-Tejas with advanced features and improved capabilities. The Elta SPJ Pod 8222 will be featured on the Tejas Mk1A, further bolstering its EW capabilities and making it even more formidable on the battlefield.
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