SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
The Astra MkI Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Air-to-Air Missile (AAM), indigenously designed and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), is set to be cleared for operational roles later this year for the Mig-29K fleet, Once it clears the mandated flight trial from the aircraft.
The Indian Navy, in association with State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), has already begun equipping the Mig-29K fleet with an upgraded Indian-designed Mission Computer (MC) on the aircraft to enable integration of Indian-made weapons like Astra MkI.
Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) last year secured fresh orders from the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy for the supply of Astra MkI BVR AAM and the Indian Navy in association with State-owned HAL already has started equipping Mig-29K fleet with upgraded Indian-designed Mission Computer (MC) on the aircraft to enable integration of Indian made weapons like Astra MkI.
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