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Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), India’s leading producer of missiles, is in talks with a Sukhoi-30 operator country to potentially export its indigenously developed Astra Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM). This news marks a significant milestone for India’s defence export ambitions and highlights the growing capabilities of its domestic aerospace industry.

Developed by DRDO and manufactured by BDL, Astra has been lauded as a superior alternative to the widely used Russian R-77 BVRAAM. With its extended range and advanced counter-electronic measures (ECM) resistance, Astra offers improved aerial combat capabilities.

Recognizing its potential, several countries operating Russian fighter jets have expressed interest in integrating Astra. BDL is currently in talks with two more potential buyers, with one deal possibly closing this year involving a Su-30 operator nation.

Successful Astra exports would mark a significant achievement for India, showcasing its technological prowess and contributing to its growing defence export ambitions. It would also demonstrate the marketability of its indigenous defence products and open doors for further collaborations and exports.

Astra’s successful integration with the Indian-made LCA-Tejas Mk1 fighter jet expands its potential user base beyond Sukhoi-30 operators. This versatility further enhances the missile’s attractiveness to a wider range of potential buyers.

The potential Astra export deal signifies India’s growing self-reliance in defence technologies and its ambitions to become a major player in the global arms market. Continued development and successful international collaborations could pave the way for further export opportunities, bolstering India’s strategic and economic interests.

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