On the safe release of the missile from the ground launcher and its propulsion and navigation are validated, it would be test fired from a fighter aircraft.
The all weather day and night capable Astra has defined high strike range.
The retired officer has been associated with the Astra missile program for long time now.
The next generation missile is expected to be operational by the next year end, former central air commander Marshal SBP Sinha (Retd) said.
The missile has also helped India join the ranks of the US, Russia, France and Israel in developing such complex BVRAAMS capable of detecting, tracking and destroying highly hostile supersonic fighters packed with Counter – measures at long ranges, sources said.
Points of Astra:
The Astra mark is beyond visual range air to air missile – BVRAAM, which flies over 4 times the sound, speed at mach 4.5.
The efforts are now being made to integrate the over 100 km strike range missile on the indigenous LCA Tejas,