On Tuesday, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under the federal Defence Ministry successfully test-fired the missile with a range of over 70 kilometres from a Su-30MKI combat aircraft as part of user trials.

DRDO said the test was carried out to ascertain and validate its performance. Astra can flay towards its target at a speed of over 5,555 kilometres per hour (4.5 Mach) with a 15-kilogram high-explosive pre-fragmented war-head. The first Astra missile was launched from the Su-30MKI in May 2014, and so far 27 tests have been carried out.

“Various Radars, Electro-Optical Tracking System (EOTS) and Sensors tracked the missile and confirmed its engagement with its target,” said a press release by the Defence Ministry.

Amid the continuing face-off with Pakistan, India has stepped up its efforts to replenish its stock of armaments. New Delhi ordered a batch of S-400 missile systems from Russia worth $5 billion. India is also in talks with Russia to launch a  local S-400 production line in the country, along the lines of BrahMos cruise missile production.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will fly on India’s home-grown single-engine multirole light fighter Tejas; which will replace MiG-21 Bisons, on Thursday 19 September. Tejas jets will join the air defence system of the country alongside the French Rafale and Sukhoi Su-30 MKIs.

Recently India successfully tested the domestically developed Man-Portable Antitank Guided Missile and conducted a test flight of the modified naval version of the light combat aircraft for ‘arrested landings’ at a shore-based facility.

India has also received the first batch of the “building blaster” version of its Spice-2000 bombs for the Indian Air Force. New Delhi had signed a $45 million contract with Israel in June this year, to acquire more than 100 Spice-2000 missiles under an emergency procurement deal.

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Source: Sputnik

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Marg bar jomhuri Eslami
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Spice-2000 is JDAM-styled a guidance kit for MK-84, BLU-109, RAP-2000 and others, allowing to glide for 60km…
Wow, $45M for 100 kits? Hum hum, $450k/unit??? They’ve gone mad! For €85k you get an AASM Hammer kit with a rocket booster…
I’ve found another price : ₹250 crore = €31.59M, and in fact, there are more than 100 in the contract, 100 being just a first batch sent as an emergency measure, the total number being undisclosed. Moreover, knowing Israelis and Indians, Spice-2000 must be pretty affordable or India would order AASM Hammer.