fanne wrote:Astra is a BVR missile. It has to be guided by the plane's radar until the terminal phase (where it's radar takes over). That is why it is tricky. Either we have to provide source code (or some code) or ELTA for the integration, most likely we will compromise (what is new). That's why almost all planes use radar and BVR AAM in combo. The company/country/group that makes the radar also makes the BVR missile. All IR guided missiles can be independent of the plane's radar, but off late, initial guidance (cueing, and for large range IR missile, mid course guidance) is also being provided by radar. For short range IR missile helmet cueing should be more useful than radar cueing.
Integration with the radar is the most important part. In this case we will have to integrate the missile with the Elta 2032 MMR.
Elta will have to provide the codes for integration of the missile. The Russians provided the codes so that the Astra could communicate with the Bars radar. In the Rafael deal, we have specifically asked for provision of being able to integrate Indian or other weapons with the Rafael. Initially the French were reluctant and this was a sticking point for a while. However, we insisted that this was non-negotiable and that integration of our weapons with the Rafael was a must.
For the R77, the Russians refused the integration of the missile with the Tejas, with either our own MMR or Elta 2032 hybrid.
The separation trials of the missile with the platform etc. if the other part, but I guess this should not be much of problem, as far as Astra and Tejas are concerned.