Light Combat aircraft Tejas successfully test-fires air-to-air missile

India’s Light Combat Aircraft successfully fired Derby Air-to-Air BVR missile in RADAR guided mode on 12 May 2017.

May 14, 2017 08:04 IST
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Tejas, the Light Combat Aircraft on 12 May 2017 successfully fired Derby Air-to-Air BVR missile in RADAR guided mode, demonstrating an Air-to-Air Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missile firing capability.

The flawless launch was demonstrated with all onboard systems performing up to the mark and the missile scored a direct hit on the target, completely destroying it.

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Key Highlights

• The launch was performed in Lock ON after Launch mode for a BVR target in the look down mode and the target was destroyed.

• The objective of the test was to assess the Derby integration with aircraft systems on-board Tejas including the aircraft avionics, fire-control radar, launchers and Missile Weapon Delivery System and verify its performance.

• The Derby test was conducted on a Manoeuvrable Aerial Target at the Interim Test Range (ITR), Chandipur.

• The sensors at ITR also tracked the target and missile.

• A safe separation was followed by missile guidance towards the RADAR acquired target.

The firing of the Beyond Visual Range Missile is a major step towards clearing BVR capabilities on LCA aircraft for FOC.

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