Q. Which of the following given statement about Astra Mk-1 Missile is not correct?

[A] It is Surface to air missile.

[B] It has been designed and developed by DRDO.

[C] The missile can travel at speeds more than four times that of sound.

[D] It will be deployed on fighter jets like Sukhoi-30 MKI and Tejas of the IAF and the Mig-29K of the Navy.

Answer: A
Notes:

Astra Mk-1 Missile:

  • The Astra Mk-1 is a beyond visual range (BVR) air-to-air missile (AAM). BVM missiles are capable of engaging beyond the range of 20 nautical miles or 37 kilometres.
  • AAMs are fired from an airborne asset to destroy an airborne target. It has been designed and developed by DRDO for deployment on fighter jets like Sukhoi-30 MKI and Tejas of the IAF and the Mig-29K of the Navy.
  • Its range is 110 kms. The missile can travel at speeds more than four times that of sound. AAMs with BVR capability provides large off ranges to fighter aircraft.
  • This can neutralize adversary airborne assets without exposing themselves to adversary air defence measures.
  • Stand-off range means the missile is launched at a distance sufficient to allow the attacking side to evade defensive fire from the target.

Source: EPIC June 2022