India successfully tested its first ever indigenous Ku band missile seeker for Astra BVR missile . until now Astra used a variant of R77 missile seeker ( 9B1103M active radar seeker). It is a scaled down version of an existing active radar seeker developed by DRDO. With this achievement Astra is now 100% indigenous .
The BVR missile can engage targets in the range between 20 and 80 km. The missile, which had failed during earlier trials, can be fitted on an entire range of combat jets under operation in the IAF and also soon to be inducted Tejas Light Combat Aircraft.
Success of Astra is crucial as it will add another feather in the DRDO cap. Only a handful of countries had succeed in developing such seekers .