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  Astra missile - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Astra (Weapon) is an Air to Air (AA), Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missile under development by India.This is the first indigenous air to air missile developed by India.
The range of this missile is 80 km in head-on chase and 15km in tail chase.This missile was successfully tested without control, and guidance systems on may 9th, 11th and 12th 2003
The missile has a pre-fragmented warhead and is fitted with a proximity fuze.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Astra_missile   (241 words)

The missile is expected to be at the high-end of tactical missiles, and propel India into the exclusive club of countries to possess such missiles.
Astra uses a HTPB solid-fuel propellant and a 15 kg HE (high-explosive) warhead, activated by a proximity fuse.
The missile is designed to pull a lateral acceleration of 40g in both yaw and pitch planes using 4 fins at the rear as all moveable control surfaces.
www.bharat-rakshak.com /MISSILES/Astra.html   (957 words)

 The Hindu Business Line : DRDL to develop Astra missile
Several missile labs, public sector units such as HAL, ECIL and a good number of private companies would be involved in the fabrication of important components and systems integration, Dr Prahlada said.
Encouraged by the technical and systems integration expertise gained in the programme, the laboratory is confident that the Astra missile can be developed and delivered to the user in six years.
The missile can be launched after receiving a signal from the far away target and it will seek and home-in using a complex range of on-board manoeuvres based on radio frequency (RF).
www.thehindubusinessline.com /2004/06/17/stories/2004061702730500.htm   (549 words)

 An Astra in the armoury
Although Astra is designed to be launched from an aircraft targeting an enemy aircraft, all the three launches were done from fixed launchers.
With the launch of Astra, India is claimed to be the only country outside the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Russia to develop a sophisticated air-to-air missile.
Astra, which is more than 3.5 metres long and weighs about 300 kg, has a range of 25 to 40 km.
www.flonnet.com /fl2011/stories/20030606003509800.htm   (1074 words)

 Astra successfully test-fired
India on Friday achieved a milestone in its missile development programme when scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation successfully test-fired the indigenously developed air-to-air missile Astra at the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, 15km from Balasore, defence sources said.
A prototype of the sleek missile was test-launched from a ground based fixed launcher with the help of a booster engine at about 0015 IST from launch complex number two of the ITR, the sources said.
Astra is considered a new system in India's guided missile development programme.
www.rediff.com /news/2003/may/09astra.htm   (260 words)

 Astra   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Astra is said to be configured like a long Matra 530, narrower in front of the wings.
The missile would be capable of turning at a '40 G-plus rate' with an eventual operational range of over 100 km.
The missile has an active radar seeker to find targets, and electronic counter measure capabilities that allow the missile to jam radar signals from an enemy surface-to-air battery to ensure that the Astra is not tracked or shot down.
www.fas.org /man/dod-101/sys/missile/row/astra.htm   (304 words)

 India conducts new test of air-to-air missile   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Astra is powered by solid propellant and can strike targets between 25 to 40 kilometres (15 to 25 miles) away, beyond the usual visual range.
Astra is a new system in India's Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme and is described by analysts as a tactical weapon system.
According to reports, the Astra missile is being developed for India's ambitious Light Combat Aircraft, christened "Tejas" (Brilliance) by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee earlier this month.
www.spacewar.com /2003-a/030511102617.zcs928kt.html   (273 words)

 NTI: Country Overviews: India: Missile Chronology
The missile is reported to be able to fly either ballistic or cruise profiles, the latter profile uses wing lift and keeps the maximum altitude at around 30km followed by a steep dive onto the target." The Scarab A can deliver a 482kg conventional, chemical, or nuclear warhead.
The missile is transported on a six-wheeled modified ZIL-5937 or BAZ 5921 transporter-erector launcher (TEL) and the associated transloader vehicle carries an additional two missiles.
India's defense ministry announces that it is investigating the feasibility of designing a beyond-the-visual range air-to-air missile called the Astra and may launch a formal development phase of the project in the near future.
www.nti.org /e_research/profiles/India/Missile/1931_2022.html   (9692 words)

 The Hindu News Update Service
Referring to supersonic Naval Cruise Missile 'Brahmos' being developed jointly by India and Russia, Prahlada said these missiles are capable of hitting targets at a distance of 280-km and was confident to demonstrate it in a couple of months.
"This missile (Brahmos) is expected to be used by the Indian Navy for destroying the Naval forces of the enemy country and the army for blasting the enemy's oil depots and bridges," according to Prahlada.
Be it a 41-kg missile or a 30-ton, the range varies as small as 4 km to as far as 280 km and has succeeded in all and is one of the most active nations in the world," the DRDL Director said.
www.hinduonnet.com /thehindu/holnus/001200504131040.htm   (636 words)

 List of missiles - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
RT-2PM Topol intercontinental ballistic missile (Russia; Modern)(SS-25 Sickle)
RT-2UTTH Topol M intercontinental ballistic missile (Russia; Modern) (SS-27)
RT-23 Molodets intercontinental ballistic missile (Russia; Modern) (SS-24 Scalpel)
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/List_of_missiles   (1218 words)

 Ad Astra   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Mounting two capital-class missile launchers in their bows with five rounds each, and five more designed to fire the bomber-sized missiles for a nearly limitless number on board, supported by twenty photon turrets into all arcs this ship can actually be used in fleet engagements after launching her ten small craft squadrons.
Mounting two photon cannons and three capital-class missile bays to the front, along with two electromagnetic launch rails and eight photon turrets into each of the four arcs, they are a pre-Alkari War design that has been refitted several times in the last century.
Mounting two capital-class missile bays and ten avenger-class launchers in the bow, as well as one to each of the other arcs accompanied by six photon turrets, this class of ship is not considered a true capital class warship, but instead is more of a raider or convoy protector.
pri.mgonetwork.com /thegateway/adastra/cronyl.php   (2068 words)

 Space Transportation News of November 2002
The Astra 1K satellite, which was left into a low earth parking orbit following the failure of its launch on a Proton K/DM3 vehicle on November 25, has raised its orbit from 156 x 171 km to 217 x 362 km to prevent an early reentry.
Astra 1K was designed for 13 years of operational lifetime using either its Astrium S400 bipropellant engine or its Snecma SPT-100 stationary plasma thrusters for North-South station keeping.
Although Astra 1K is stranded in an orbit quite similar to that of the International Space Station (in terms of altitude and inclination, not for its orbital plane), SES-Global does not consider the option of salvaging the US$280-million spacecraft with a shuttle mission to recover it or equip it with a perigee kick motor.
www.orbireport.com /News2002-11.html   (4324 words)

 Defenceindia : 12-may-2k3 : News : 'Astra' missile testfired third time   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Accordng to ITR sources, the guided missile, having a striking range between 25 km to 40 kms, was testfired at 10.50 a.m.
The Astra missile had been developed keeping in view the three-pronged defence system for metropolitian cities, particularly after the September 11 attack.
The maiden test fire of the missile was carried out from the ITR on Friday last and for the second time from the launch complex yesterday.
www.defenceindia.com /12-may-2k3/news3.html   (172 words)

 Astra successfully test fired for second time in 3 days   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The 3.8 metre high and ten inch thick prototype of Astra, to form the main interception armour of the indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), lifted off from a specially erected fixed launcher at 1058 IST in Launch Complex No. 2 of the ITR, the sources said.
And the aim of repeated trial is to make the missile and its subsystem hundred per cent error free," said a jubilinat DRDO scientist.
Though the missile is designed for air strike and defence system the thrust of the current trial was "to fine tune its control and guidance system," he said.
www.asiantribune.com /show_news.php?id=4222   (258 words)

 Astra successfully test-fired for second time
India on Sunday successfully test-fired Astra, the indigenously developed air-to-air missile, with a strike range of 25 to 40km, for the second time in three days, from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, 15 km from Balasore in Orissa.
The 3.8metre high and ten-inch thick prototype of Astra, to form the main interception armour of the indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), lifted off from a specially erected fixed launcher at 1058 IST in Launch Complex No 2 of the ITR, the sources said.
Yes we should increase the range of Astra it should be atleast 1000 km instead of 40 km.
www.rediff.com /news/2003/may/11astra.htm   (295 words)

 Astra missile to be ready for trials from June - Deccan Herald   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Sanctioned three months ago, Astra, to form part of the arsenal of the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), Tejas, would have at least three launches this year and its peak development programme would be around 2006-07, DRDL (Hyderabad) Director Dr Prahlad told UNI in an interview here.
He said the pace of development of Astra would match the LCA Programme so that the weapon was ready to be fitted to the aircraft in the 2010-11 timeframe.
The Russians had nearly completed 80 per cent of the job with the engine and ''we coupled it with our missile and guidance technology.'' All the eight trials conducted so far had been successful and this had surprised even the Russians as such a success rate was unheard of in their country.
www.deccanherald.com /deccanherald/feb082005/i16.asp   (794 words)

 India tests home produced air-to-air missile
The missile named Astra (Weapon) was tested from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, 200 kilometres (124 miles) from the Orissa capital Bhubaneswar.
It was the debut test-firing of Astra, which is powered by solid propellant and has a strike range of 25 to 40 kilometres (15 to 25 miles), officials from the ITR said.
The missile test came hours before US deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage was due to arrive in New Delhi to discuss India's recent peace moves with nuclear rival Pakistan.
www.spacedaily.com /2003/030509113810.x6shyrdr.html   (516 words)

 USATODAY.com - Report: India test-fires air-to-air missile   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Astra missile was fired from a test range at Chandipur, in the east coast state of Orissa, said P.K. Bandhopadhyaya, a defense ministry spokesman.
The missile has a striking range of 15 to 25 miles and was developed by India's Defense Research and Development Organization.
As the missile was fired, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee congratulated India's scientists for the country's domestically developed missile program, but warned that they should keep pace with cutting-edge technologies worldwide.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/2003-05-11-india-missile_x.htm   (449 words)

 Ad Astra   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Her primary beam armament is supported by ten capital-class missile launchers and fifteen Avenger class missile launchers in her nose.
Five capital-class and ten Avenger class missile launchers give her decent missile firepower and fourty photon turrets in each arc are used to frighten off fighters.
Mounting a single bomber-class photon cannon in her nose, along with five fighter-class missiles and one photon laser in each wing, she is easily a match for most other fighters.
pri.mgonetwork.com /thegateway/adastra/codesigned.php   (1302 words)

 United Press International: India fires missile on Armitage visit eve   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Indian-built missile -- called Astra, which means "weapon," is part of the integrated guided missile program of India's Defense Research and Development Organization.
Astra, with a range of 25 miles, was fired from Chandipur-on-Sea launching pad in the Bay of Bengal.
The missile test comes on a day when U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage is to arrive in India to discuss recent India-Pakistan peace moves.
www.upi.com /view.cfm?StoryID=20030509-091127-8683r   (302 words)

 The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Main News
The flight trials of Astra, India's first attempt at producing an indigenous air-to-air missile, have been targeted for this year, following the sanction of a Rs 1,000-crore project to the DRDO laboratory developing it —the Hyderabad-based Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL).
Modification of the missile itself was not as complex a task as aircraft modification required to mount the Brahmos, he stated.
DRDL Director Prahlada has declared that all missiles of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme are ready and orders were needed from the Armed forces in order to keep the programmes alive and personnel motivated.
www.tribuneindia.com /2005/20050209/main5.htm   (567 words)

 NTI: Country Overviews: India: Missile Chronology
Baskakov says that the missile is now ready for deployment on Indian navy surface and submarine platforms; plans are also afoot to produce a modified version of the missile for the air force.
The land-based version of the BrahMos is a “single vehicle weapon carrying three missiles in containers with launch readiness time of five minutes.” The land-based missiles are capable of operation in a nuclear and biological environment and the carriers are fitted with hydraulic launcher control systems with the option for using remote instruments.
One test-flight of the missile is expected to take place in 2004 and after the government grants formal sanction for the project in 2004, missile development will likely be accomplished in the next three or four years.
www.nti.org /e_research/profiles/India/Missile/1931_4696.html   (8665 words)

 siliconindia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The missile developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation was fired from the test range at Chandipur in Orissa, defence ministry officials said.
The Astra is designed for use on the Indian Air Force's fixed-wing combat aircraft like the Mirage 2000 as well as the indigenously developed Tejas light combat aircraft.
The Astra uses solid fuel propellant and is believed to have a range of up to 80 km.
www.siliconindia.com /shownewsdata.asp?newsno=19441   (246 words)

 Asian Political News: India test-fires 'Astra' missile for 2nd time in 3 days
PTI quoted defense sources as saying the indigenously developed Astra missile was fired from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, 15 kilometers from New Delhi.
Astra is considered a new system in India's guided missile development program.
The latest test of the missile comes three days after India's Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee rejected a Pakistani proposal that the two rivals simultaneously scrap their nuclear arsenal, saying India's nuclear program is not specifically aimed at Pakistan.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m0WDQ/is_2003_May_13/ai_101643854   (326 words)

 Valmiki Ramayana - Bala Kanda
I am going to accord all of those divine missiles by which scores of gods, demons, or even from gandharva-s, uragaa-s and the like, or even earthlings are dominated, humbled down and conquered in war.
The comprehension of which invoking hymns of the missiles is impossible even to gods with their sections and subsections of procedures, that Brahman dedicated such hymns to Raghava.
All of those highly obliging missiles in astral bodies, gladdening to come under the aegis of Rama, then spoke to him making palms-fold, "here are your thralls, Sire, we are here to accomplish whatever you bid us to do, let safety be with you." So said the deities presiding over the missiles to Rama.
www.valmikiramayan.net /bala/sarga27/bala_27_prose.htm   (870 words)

 Space Transportation News of July 2002
The launch of the Astra 1K satellite, on a Proton K vehicle, was postponed from August to November at the earliest after SES-Astra has asked Alcatel Space to perform additional tests on the spacecraft.
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space is reactivating its facility in Courtland, Alabama, to support activities on missile defense interceptors boost vehicles.
A deployment demonstrator was launched onto a suborbital trajectory by a Volna missile on July 20, 2001.
www.orbireport.com /News2002-07.html   (6968 words)

 AVRO   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Floyd’s document proves the US encouraged Canada to take on the weapon, and it seems clear from this document that Easton and/or the RCAF felt that the American encouragement meant that the technology was feasible, and that it was a nice gesture of support for the Arrow programme and Canada’s defence efforts generally.
I believe ASTRA 1 was repackaged and dumbed down slightly to become the APQ-72, and the nose of the Phantom was drastically enlarged to accept it.
I suspect that ASTRA 2 was given to Hughes to perfect, and evolved into the ASG-18 system of the YF-12A.
www.fathers.ca /avro.htm   (6587 words)

 Defenceindia : India, Russia in talks for a new missile   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The missile, designated so far as R-172, is being developed by the Russians to be integrated with the fifth generation aircraft Su-35, with New Delhi likely to be a customer for its export version.
The new missile, the sources said, was aimed at engaging high asset airborne targets such as Awacs aircraft, air to ground surveillance and mid air refullers, which normally operate from stand off distance during battles.
The proposed acquisition assumes significance in the wake of recent media reports that Pakistan was in the process of purchasing such a missile from western countries to counter India 's moves to acquire Israeli Awacs and the recent induction of Uzbek il-78 mid-air refuellers by the IAF.
www.defenceindia.com /23-feb-2k4/news21.html   (279 words)

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