DRDO conducts maiden trial of Python-5 Air-to-Air Missile

DRDO conducts maiden trial of Python-5 Air-to-Air Missile

Bengaluru, April 28

India’s indigenous Light Combat Aircraft, Tejas, has added the fifth era Python-5 Air-to-Air Missile (AAM) to its air-to-air weapons functionality.

Trials had been additionally aimed to validate enhanced functionality of already built-in Derby Beyond Visual Range (BVR) AAM on Tejas, a DRDO assertion mentioned on Wednesday.

The check firing in Goa on Tuesday accomplished a collection of missile trials to validate its efficiency below extraordinarily difficult eventualities, it mentioned.

“Derby missile achieved direct hit on a high-speed manoeuvring aerial target and the Python missiles also achieved 100 per cent hits, thereby validating their complete capability. The trials met all their planned objectives,” the assertion mentioned.

Prior to those trials, in depth missile carriage flight assessments had been performed in Bengaluru to evaluate integration of the missile with plane programs on board the Tejas, like Avionics, Fire-control radar, Missile Weapon Delivery System and the Flight Control System.

In Goa, after profitable separation trials, dwell launch of the missile on a ‘Banshee’ goal was carried out.

Python-5 missile dwell firing was performed to validate goal engagement from all points in addition to past visible ranges. In all of the dwell firings, missile hit the aerial goal.

The missiles had been fired from Tejas plane of Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) flown by Indian Air Force (IAF) Test pilots belonging to National Flight Test Centre (NFTC). PTI


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