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Indian Air Force conducted the first successful tests of the Astra air-to-air missile
On May 4, the Indian Air Force conducted the first successful tests of its own Astra air-to-air missile from a Su-30MKI fighter jet, IBN reported, citing a source close to the testing process.
During the start-up all tasks were performed. The rocket proceeded along a predetermined trajectory, ITAR-TASS reported.
The length of the Astra is 3,6 meters, the diameter is -175 mm, the starting mass is about 154 kg. While the development of the missile is delayed in four years. According to the original plan, work on its creation was to be completed in August 2012 year.
If the test program is successfully completed, India will become the fifth state in the world with the technology of producing long-range airborne missiles.
Currently, missiles for hitting air targets outside the visual range (90-120 km) are produced only by the United States, Russia, China and France.