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India's Tejas Light Combat Aircraft fires a Derby air-to-air missile for the first time

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World Defense & Security News - India
 
 
India's Tejas Light Combat Aircraft fires a Derby air-to-air missile for the first time
 
Continuing with its successful stride of flight trails in 2016, India's Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas achieved a major milestone on Friday. One of the limited series production (LSP) platforms fired a Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) missile Derby for the first time, the Indian online newspaper OneIndia News unveiled on Feb. 5, 2016.
     
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According to sources associated with the project, the LSP-7 from Tejas flightline fired the missile in Jamnagar as part of its scheduled weapon trials. These weapon trials are part of the Final Operational Clearance (FOC) mandate.

Sources confirmed to OneIndia that LSP-7 fired the BVRAAM Derby missile on a BNG (Ballistic Non Guided) mode. It was the 169th flight of LSP-7 and was piloted by IAF Group Capt Rangachari of National Flight Test Centre.

Tejas is also scheduled to fire a Close Combat Missile (CCM) Python-5 missile as part of the FOC trails. The LSP-7 along with LSP-4 were part of Indian flying assets at the just-concluded Bahrain International Air Show (BIAS-2016).

As reported earlier, the current trials are aimed at validating the accuracy of the missile. Apart from Python and Derby, Tejas has in weapon menu Russian-made CCM R-73, lasder-guided bombs (LGB) Griffin and Paveway and Russian-made gun Gsh-23.

"It's a great achievement. We are awaiting the test results. The next schedule will be decided based on our analysis. We are awaiting the data," an official attached to the weapon trials programme said.

The Derby missile is a medium-range active radar homing missile from Rafael's Python family of missiles. The missile is basically an enlarged Python-4 with an active-radar seeker. It is similar to the AIM-120 AMRAAM. It has a range of 50km and can hit target at Mach 4.

(Source: OneIndia News)

     
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