India Successfully Test Fires BVR Derby Missile from LCA Tejas

LCA Tejas recently demonstrated its Beyond-Visual-Range missile firing capability. The BVR missile is an air-to-air Derby missile.

LCA Tejas recently demonstrated its Beyond-Visual-Range missile firing capability. The BVR missile is an air-to-air Derby missile.

About the test:

  1. The missile launch was performed in “lock-on-after-launch mode” for a BVR target in the look-down mode and the target was destroyed in RADAR guided mode.
  2. The manoeuvrable aerial target was destroyed with pinpoint precision at ITR, Chandipur.
  3. The aim of the test was to evaluate the integration of Derby missile with Tejas and its systems. This included on-board systems like avionics, fire-control radar, launchers and missile weapon delivery system, in order to verify its performance.
  4. The launch was flawless and the test had demonstrated satisfactorily achieving all its planned objectives.
  5. With this test firing, the Final Operational Clearance of BVR capabilities on LCA Tejas has come closer.

About Derby Missile:

  1. Derby is a beyond-visual-range (BVR) air-to-air missile (AAM) developed by Rafael Advanced Defence Systems of Israel. It can also be configured as a surface-to-air missile.
  2. The Derby AAM can be integrated onto a variety of fighter aircraft and can engaging aerial targets from short ranges and near-beyond visual range.
  3. Rafael Armament Development Authority received a $25m contract in February 2005 to supply 20 Derby BVR missiles and six practice missiles for integration onto the Indian Navy's Sea Harrier aircraft.
  4. The I-Derby ER has been selected by India to equip the LCA Tejas light combat supersonic fighter.
  5. The Derby missile has a lightweight design and is equipped with four main wings and four conventional planar fins in the tail assembly.
  6. It is designed to offer increased operational flexibility and multi-shot capability.
  7. It has a length of 3.62 m, a wing span of 0.64 m and a diameter of 0.16 m. It weighs 118kg and is armed with a 23kg warhead. The seeker and guidance system are fitted in the front of the missile, while the rocket motor is placed at the rear.
  8. Powered by a rocket motor, the Derby missile has a speed of Mach 4 and can hit targets at a range of up to 50km. It can be launched at an enemy target under all weather conditions, both during the day and at night.


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