SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.
To ensure compatibility of a single launcher across the existing platforms of the Indian Air Force (IAF), DRDO has taken up the Design and Development of a Unified Common Launcher for AAM which is compatible across the platforms. Missiles are generally not mounted directly to an aircraft, but rather are mounted to launchers that are fixed to the aircraft. In this manner, the missile can be launched from the launcher, while the launcher remains fixed to the aircraft.
As the Astra Family grows, new versions of Air to Air missiles will be heavier and longer in their dimension owing to enhanced capability. Reconfigurable attachment points will ensure that the same launcher will be able to mount on multiple platforms. Unified Common Launcher for Air to Air Missile will also have reconfigurable attachment points that will ensure that the same launcher will be able to mount on multiple platforms.
New Unified Common Launcher will be compatible with both Rail launched (Astra Mk1) and Ejector launched (Astra Mk2/Mk3) Air to Air missiles.
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