Karthik S wrote:
Karan M wrote:You do realize thats range has very little practical connotation? Why would you want to waste a missile?
Even for a Meteor ?
For any missile. You want to see the range which is within its envelope where the motor is "active" and ensure that it does the job. 1-2 tests to examine the max ballistic range against a non maneuvering target are at best an academic exercise. The difference between the Meteor and a standard missile is its motor is throttleable and is active for a fair amount of time.
Max range BVR that Fizzle-Ya has is Amraam at 110 Kms. Pakis know we do not lie. Once we announce that Astra has been trialed at 110Kms on SU30MKI the PAF will not dare to be in the same air theater knowing the Astra will have by the massive cueing power of the SU30 MKI. Events on Feb 26 would have been a lot different with a 110KM range BVR in our inventory.
Question of wastage simply does not arise as if there is no trial how can IAF as the user agency be sure of the max range?
You are not getting the point. There is a maximum range which is the RMax. There is the range within which the missile is optimally effective. The latter matters more. As far as tests go, in 2017:https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/ne ... s?from=mdr
The final development Flight Trials of Astra were successfully conducted in September last year, the sources said adding a total of seven trials were conducted against pilotless target aircraft successfully from September 11 to 14, 2017.
The missions included engagement of target at very long range, engagement of high maneuvering target at medium range and multiple launches of missiles in salvo to engage multiple targets.
All the sub-systems including the indigenous RF Seeker performed accurately, meeting all the mission parameters and objectives. Two missiles were also launched in the combat configuration with warhead and the targets were neutralized, the sources said.
The underlined portion is where the target is at highest risk.