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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

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The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) plans to start trials of the indigenously developed Astra Mk2 Beyond Visual Range Air to air missiles in a final deliverable configuration in the coming weeks after tasting the success of the rocket motor without Aesa Seeker in unguided mode.

Carriage trials and dummy realize trials have been concluded some time back and the missile did carry out a developmental trial of a larger dual-pulse solid-fuel motor to gauge the efficacy of the improved rocket motor for sustained longer endurance.

Astra Mk2 unlike its predecessor will feature a dual-pulse rocket motor that can propel the missile towards aerial targets that are 160km away from the launch aircraft and will have a higher no escape zone (NEZ).

Astra Mk1 that already has been tested with an indigenously developed Ku-band RF active seeker will now be tested with a Ku band AESA Seeker and improved ECCM that was initially developed for the Astra Mk2 program.

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