- The latest version of the plane, the Tejas Mark 1A, has advanced avionics and weapons, such as the Israeli Derby Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missile.
- The Indian Air Force (IAF) liked how the plane did during the war, and the Tejas was given credit for helping ground troops in important ways.
Tuesday, the Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) tested the Astra air-to-air missile system off the coast of Odisha. The test went well. When fired from a Su-30MKI fighter jet, the missile can hit targets more than 100 km away. Defense officials said it will be put on the country’s own LCA Tejas Mark1A fighter plane.
The missiles will also be put on MiG-29 jets that have been fixed up.
India’s Defense Research and Development Organization made the Astra air-to-air missile, which is a state-of-the-art missile system (DRDO). The missile is made to hit and destroy air targets at different distances and heights.
The Astra missile can hit targets up to 110 km away and up to 20 km above the ground. The missile can hit both targets that move quickly and ones that don’t, which makes it very useful in air-to-air combat.
The Astra missile is very good because it has a solid-fuel rocket motor and an advanced guidance system. The missile’s guidance system uses inertial navigation, mid-course guidance, and active radar homing for final guidance. This makes it possible for the missile to track and engage targets even when there is bad weather or electronic countermeasures.
The Su-30MKI, the Mirage 2000, and the Tejas are all fighter jets that can fire the Astra missile. The missile has a radio proximity fuse that goes off when it gets close to its target. This makes sure that the most damage is done.
The Astra missile was tested for the first time in 2003 and went through several successful tests before it was put into service with the Indian Air Force in 2019. The missile is an important part of India’s air defence because it gives the country its own, very advanced air-to-air missile system.
The Astra will be equipped with the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas. This is an Indian fighter plane made by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, a state-owned aerospace and defence company (HAL). The plane was made to take the place of the Indian Air Force’s old MiG-21s and other fighter planes (IAF).
The Tejas is a light, single-engine, multirole fighter plane that can attack the ground, attack other planes in the air, and do reconnaissance. It can go as fast as Mach 1.8 and has a range of more than 3,000 km, making it a very versatile and powerful plane.
The Tejas has state-of-the-art avionics and weapon systems, such as an advanced radar, an electronic warfare suite, and a wide range of air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles. With a modern glass cockpit and a heads-up display, the cockpit is also made to give the pilot a great view of what’s going on around them.
Over the years, the Tejas has been updated and improved in many ways, such as by adding new technologies and weapons systems. The latest version of the plane, the Tejas Mark 1A, has advanced avionics and weapons, such as the Israeli Derby Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missile.
The IAF has put the Tejas into service, and it has been used in battle during the India-China border conflict of 2021. The Indian Air Force (IAF) liked how the plane did during the war, and the Tejas was given credit for helping ground troops in important ways.
The Tejas is a big deal for India’s aerospace industry because it is the first fighter plane that was designed and built in the country from start to finish.