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General Said Chanegriha, Chief of Staff of Algerian People’s National Army was briefed about the Indian-developed Astra Mk1 Beyond Visual Range Air to Air (BVRAAMs) missile at the LAAD 2023, Military exhibition that is being held at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

Astra Mk1 BVRAAMs which are equivalent to American AIM-120C5 Beyond Visual Range Air to Air Missile (BVRAAM) with a head-on range of 110km have started replacing Russian Vympel NPO R-77 missiles from India’s Sukhoi-30MKI fleet.

Algerian Air Force operates 40+ Sukhoi-30MKM also called Su-30MKI(A) since it is broadly based on the Indian Su-30MKI and features canard foreplanes, AL-31FP engines with Thrust vectoring nozzles but comes minus Israeli systems in them.

India has been pitching Astra BVRAAMs to all Su-30MKM/SM/MKA operators after it was successfully integrated into the Indian Su-30MKI fleet and started replacing Russian R-77 BVRAAM at all frontline squadrons.

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