Defense Ministry signs Rs 2,971 crore contract with BDL for procurement of Astra missiles IG News

Defense Ministry signs Rs 2,971 crore contract with BDL for procurement of Astra missiles

File photo: An Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter, which took off from Air Force Station Kalaikunda, successfully test-fired the indigenous Beyond Visual Range air-to-air Astra missile off the Odisha coast. (file photo/PIB)

The ministry said the missiles are being procured for the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Navy.

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The Defense Ministry on Tuesday sealed a contract worth Rs 2,971 crore with Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) for procurement of several batches of Astra Mk-I from Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missiles and related equipment. Gave. The ministry said the missiles are being procured for the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Navy.

The Astra Mk-I BVR Mango has been indigenously designed and developed by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) based on the requirements issued by the Indian Air Force. The air-to-air missile with BVR capability provides great stand-off range to the fighter jets of IAF.

The Astra Mk-I missile and all associated systems for its launch, ground combat and testing have been developed by DRDO in coordination with the Indian Air Force. In a boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Self-reliant India’, the Defense Ministry on May 31 signed a contract with Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) for the supply of Astra Mk-I BVR air-to-air missile. Did it AAM) and purchase related equipment at a cost of Rs 2,971 crore for the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy (under the Indian-IDDM) category,” the ministry said in a statement.

It said the missile, for which successful trials have already been conducted by the IAF, is fully integrated into the Su 30 MK-I fighter aircraft and will be integrated with other fighter jets including the Light Combat Aircraft (Tejas) in a phased manner. Will go , It said the Navy will integrate the missile into the MiG-29K fighter aircraft.

“The transfer of technology from DRDO to BDL for production of Astra Mk-I missile and all associated systems has been completed and production is in progress at BDL,” the ministry said. “This project will act as a catalyst for the development of infrastructure and testing facilities at BDL. It will also create opportunities for several MSMEs in aerospace technology for a period of at least 25 years.

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