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Astra Mk2 Testing Completed

India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has recently completed testing of the Astra Mk2 missile and is expected to enter limited series production soon. This development is significant for India’s defence capabilities, as the missile is set to be integrated with Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter jets including the Su30 MKI, LCA Mk1A, Mirage 2000, and Mig29.

Based on a document accessed by our team at, the Astra Mk2 missile is an upgraded version of the Astra Mk1 missile. The missile has a slightly larger diameter of 190mm compared to the Mk1’s 178mm, but with the same overall length. The larger diameter of the missile allows for more fuel to be carried, which means that it will have a longer range. The missile is also fitted with two pulses that will further increase its range.


The Astra Mk2 missile’s two pulses are separated with EDPM rubber with kevlar fillers, with the second pulse having a higher burn rate than the first. This enables the missile to maneuver more aggressively during end game, enhancing its targeting capabilities. The weight of the missile system is kept low, with pulse 1 weighing 40.1kg and pulse 2 weighing 20kg.

The missile also comes equipped with an AESA seeker made in India, an optical proximity fuse, and a two-way data link. This means that the missile can communicate with the launch aircraft, enabling it to receive targeting information and course corrections.

Astra Mk2 Render by Kuntal Biswas

A Step Ahead

The development of the Astra Mk2 missile is a significant step forward for India, as it levels up against regional rivals such as China and Pakistan who operate the PL-15 missile. DRDO has transferred the technology of this missile to Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), who will work alongside Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) to produce the missile. At later stages when full scale production will start, a private sector seeker maker may also be engaged. Currently, with no order commitment from the users, limited series production is not an economically viable solution for a private sector company.

DRDO has been tight-lipped about the development of the Astra Mk2 missile, and details about its specifications and capabilities are limited. However, its integration with various IAF fighter jets will significantly enhance India’s defence capabilities, particularly in aerial warfare.

In conclusion, the development of the Astra Mk2 missile is a significant step forward for India’s defence capabilities, particularly in the context of increasing regional tensions. Its integration with IAF fighter jets and advanced targeting capabilities make it a formidable asset in aerial warfare. As India continues to modernize and upgrade its military capabilities, the Astra Mk2 missile represents a major milestone in its quest to become a global military power.

By Alpha Defense

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3 thoughts on “Astra Mk2 | Production begins”
  1. We are proud of our sienectist & # the Gvt,
    for their support & boosting moral of defence reseach organisation, we will hope to become world power very soon🕉👌✌👍👏👏👏

  2. China is always ahead us in Defence machiner. But in short range we can compete them with our new inductions

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