SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has plans to complete developmental trials of the Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM) Within Visual range air to air missile and Astra Mk1 beyond Visual range air to air missile before it starts delivery of the first batch of upgraded Tejas Mk1A from 2024 onwards.
Carriage and Captive trials of both the missile have been completed and soon developmental cum user trials of both the missiles will be carried out to give Tejas Mk1A additional combat punch in its air-to-air configuration.
Teja Mk1A already has been cleared for operational usage of Israeli Derby-ER Beyond visual range air-to-air missiles and Python-5 within visual range air-to-air missiles. The addition of ASRAAM and Astra Mk1 will give an additional boost to its missile arsenal and make it difficult for enemies to counter them in dog fighting.
DRDO is also designing 160km Astra Mk2 and 340 km Astra Mk3 that will also be added soon when they are ready to enter production.
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