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India’s upcoming Astra MKII Beyond-Visual-Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) was indeed showcased at the Exercise Bharat Shakti in Pokhran, Rajasthan, on March 12, 2024. This marks a significant development in India’s indigenous air defense capabilities.

The Astra MKII BVRAAM, boasting a range of 160 kilometers, is still under development. However, upon completion, it is poised to become the mainstay of India’s air-to-air missile arsenal in the coming years. This indigenous weapon system will provide the Indian Air Force with a critical edge in beyond-visual-range aerial engagements.

Here are some additional details we know about the Astra MKII BVRAAM:

  • Improved Performance: The Astra MKII is expected to offer several advantages over its predecessor, the Astra Mk-I. This includes an enhanced range, thanks to a new dual-pulse rocket motor. It is also anticipated to have better maneuverability and jamming resistance.
  • Self-Reliance: The development of the Astra MKII signifies India’s progress towards self-reliance in the area of critical defense technologies.