ASTRA Missile

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Recently, Tejas, Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) LSP-7 successfully fired the ASTRA off the coast of Goa on August 23, 2023.

About ASTRA Missile: 


  • It is an indigenous Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missile.
  • It is to engage and destroy highly maneuvering supersonic aerial targets.
  • It is designed and developed by Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), Research Centre Imarat (RCI) and other laboratories of DRDO.
  • The indigenous Astra BVR firing from home grown Tejas fighters is a major step towards ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’.


Key facts about LCA Tejas

  • It is the lightest, smallest and tailless multi-role supersonic fighter aircraft in its class.
  • This aircraft is designed to carry a range of air-to-air, air-to-surface, precision-guided, weapons.
  • It has the air-to-air refueling capability.
  • The maximum payload capacity of Tejas is 4000 kg.
  • Speed: Mach 1.8.


Q1) What is Beyond Visual Range

Beyond Visual Range" (BVR) is a term commonly used in the context of military aviation and air combat. It refers to the distance at which an aircraft or a weapon system can engage and potentially target another aircraft without the need for direct visual contact.

Source: LCA Tejas successfully test-fires indigenous ASTRA Beyond Visual Range air-to-air missile off the Goa coast