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Defense Ministry signs Rs 2,971 crore contract with BDL for procurement of Astra missiles

New Delhi: The Defense Ministry on Tuesday signed a Rs 2,971 crore contract with Bharat Dynamics Restricted (BDL) for procurement of air-to-air Astra Mk-I missiles and associated tools. The ministry stated the missiles are being procured for the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Navy. The ‘Astra Mk-I BVR AAM’ has been indigenously designed and developed by the Defense Research and Improvement Organization (DRDO) to swimsuit the necessities of the Indian Air Force.

In accordance with the ministry, these missiles with past visible vary (BVR) air-to-air strike functionality present power to the fighter jets of the IAF. The Astra Mk-I missile and all related methods for its launch and take a look at have been developed by DRDO in coordination with the Indian Air Force.

In an announcement, the Defense Ministry stated, “With a view to promote Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s imaginative and prescient of a ‘Self-reliant India’, the Ministry of Defense on thirty first May awarded Bharat Dynamics Restricted for the availability of Astra Mk-I BVR air-to-air missiles. (BDL) signed a contract.


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