Updated: April 28, 2021 10:01:42 pm
India’s Indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas has added capability of firing Israeli-origin Python-5 air-to-air missile (AAM) after successful tests that concluded on Tuesday, said Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Wednesday.
The same set of tests were also aimed to validate the enhanced capability of the already integrated Israeli-origin Derby beyond visual range AAM on Tejas.
“The test firing at Goa completed a series of missile trials to validate the performance under extremely challenging scenarios. The Derby missile achieved direct hit on a high-speed manoeuvering aerial target and Python missiles also achieved 100 per cent hits, thereby validating their complete capability. The trials met all their planned objectives,” read a press statement from the Ministry of Defence
Officials said before conducting these set of trials, extensive missile carriage flight tests were conducted at Bengaluru to assess integration of Python-5 missile with aircraft systems on board Tejas, like Avionics, fire-control radar, missile weapon delivery system and flight control system.
At Goa, after successful separation trials, live launch of the missile on a Banshee, which is an unmanned aerial target, was carried out. Python-5 missile live firing was conducted to validate target engagement from all aspects as well as beyond visual ranges. “In all the live firings, the missile hit the aerial target,” the press statement further read.
Video of Python-5 firing from Tejas pic.twitter.com/45omOdzWes
— DRDO (@DRDO_India) April 28, 2021
The missiles were fired from Tejas aircraft of Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) flown by Air Force test pilots belonging to National Flight Test Centre. A team of scientists, engineers and technicians from ADA and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited-Aircraft Research and Design Centre (HAL) along with support from Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification, Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance, IAF’s Project Management Team, NPO (LCA Navy) and INS Hansa made the project successful.
“Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has congratulated teams of DRDO, ADA, Air Force, HAL and all involved in the trial. Secretary, Department of Defence R&D, and DRDO chairperson Dr G Satheesh Reddy appreciated the efforts of scientists, engineers and technicians from various organisations and industry,” the statement added.
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