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IAF to receive indigenous BVRAAM Astra by Dec-end

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is expected to receive country’s first indigenously developed Beyond Visual Range Air-To-Air Missile (BVRAAM) Astra by the end of this year. The scheduled date of completion of the project was September 2012; however the project got delayed owing to technological challenges and delay in availability of critical components but now it is expected to be completed in December 2016. India is planning to integrate the Astra missiles on its next generation Tejas light combat aircraft. Developed by DRDO, Astra will allow IAF aircrafts to hit aerial targets up to 60 km away. DRDO is also developing a more powerful BVRAAM Astra Mk 2 with a range of 100 km.

Source: https://sputniknews.com/asia/201611251047848929-india-commercial-missile/

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