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About The ASTRA Missile

Context:

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

Relevance:

GS III: Science and Technology

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. ASTRA Missile
  2. Key Features of LCA Tejas

ASTRA Missile:

  • Indigenous Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missile.
  • Purpose: Engaging and neutralizing highly agile supersonic aerial targets.
  • Designed and developed by DRDL, RCI, and other DRDO labs.
  • A significant stride towards ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ with Astra BVR integrated into Tejas fighters.

Key Features of LCA Tejas:

  • Lightest, smallest, and tailless multi-role supersonic fighter aircraft.
  • Equipped for various air-to-air, air-to-surface, precision-guided weaponry.
  • Capability for air-to-air refueling.
  • Tejas has a maximum payload capacity of 4000 kg.
  • Achieves a speed of Mach 1.8.

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