Karan M wrote:Incredible video. 2 of the panelists were gold! The journalist as usual..halfway house. But what an info packed program. Thanks VinodTK.
The gentleman not only acknowledged the learning from Trishul but also from that of Maitri project. Interesting where we keep saying that Maitri project was cancelled.
A Desi MICA IR/RF
Infact Maitri program involves tech transfer of Mica missile as reported. France demonstrated land based Mica (naval) first to Indian audience.
May be, if it is not too much stretching , can we say, post that, india went with Qrsam & france with next gen Mica extended range?
I have already said somewhere that I would like to see Astra's IIR version along with the RF version. But in current airframe, its not agile enough for being a CCM. We need a fresh airframe IMO.
Sir, You are aware that the first iteration of Astra looked much like Mica in apperance. Mica is a near bvr missile but retains CCM capabilities. It is very clear what Astra team is trying to achieve.
While Mica for its wing-body characteristics do have TVC FOR CCM, Astra MK1, changed to Mid body wings as it doesnt have TVC, as far as i know. It is also a big learning experience.
At alt where dog fights happens, with head on ~40 km range Astra is a near BVR missile. So its body/airframe is designed for CCM with BVR capabilities.