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There is no official answer to the question, but will Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) Barak-8 air defence missile be adapted for launch from airborne platforms?
While IAI sources confirm it is possible, they are not indicating whether such a move is planned.
Thus, it can perform at much longer ranges, offering effective protection from aerial threats, manned and unmanned, as well as guided weapons.
Covering both low and high altitudes, the missile is designed for operation on board ships as well as for terrestrial applications.
Anyway the propulsion for this Barak 8 is from DRDO.
SSridhar wrote:Astra bang on target again - The HinduAsked what snags were overcome, he said: “We had some technical problems relating to the control structure. We made changes in the systems’ configuration and we have overcome the defects.”
“We are now readying the missile as per the user’s [the Indian Air Force’s] requirements”, he said.
In the latest launch, the 3.8-metre long and more than 300 kg heavy Astra flew at Mach-3— three times the speed of sound.
Another DRDO missile technologist said the flight “went off well and all the events occurred as per requirements.” Astra would be flight-tested again on Monday.
There will be three more flights from the ground in 2013. After that, it will be launched from different aircraft such as Sukhoi-30, MiG-29 and the Light Combat Aircraft, Tejas.
Astra can hit targets flying 40 km away, that is, beyond visual range. If an enemy aircraft were to fly close, it will be registered in the aircraft that carries the missile. If the enemy was to fly 20 to 40 km away, the cockpit instruments cannot register it. Only radar signals will be received. Astra can adjust its speed to that of the enemy aircraft and home in on it.