Astra Missile test-fired successfully third time within a week.
Astra air-to-air interceptor missile was successfully test-fired for the third time within a week on 24 December 2012 from the Chandipur, defence base of Odisha. The test was conducted for identifying the missile’s interception capability and high manoeuvrings and was successful in intercepting the simulated target at an altitude of 4 kilometer.
Astra has capabilities of intercepting the enemy aircraft and destroy it at supersonic speed that is for head on mode at a range of 1.2 Mach and at the tail-chase mode at 1.4 Mach. The missile can be launched from different altitudes and can easily cover a distance of 110 kilometer if launched from an altitude of 15 kilometer, 44 kilometer when launched from an altitude of 8 kilometer and 21 kilometer when launched from sea level. The missile with a capability of carrying a conventional warhead of 15 kilogram uses a solid propellant. Astra is of 3.8 meter in length and the smallest missile developed by the DRDO till date.