IAF seeks LRSGM Missile, Astra MK2 Final Deliverable Test, Precision Guided Glidefire

IAF seeks  seeks LRSGM Missile (Long Range Satellite Guided missiles)

Indian Air Force has issued a Request for Information for the procurement of 250 Long Range Satellite Navigation System Guided missiles from Indian Vendors. RFI seeks Long Range Satellite Guided missiles, that can avoid enemy air defense and still maintain a high probability of hitting the targets. Long Range Satellite Guided missiles is envisaged to be a long range precise air to ground supersonic weapon that can enhance the standoff ranges of the aircraft.

RFI seeks Long Range Satellite Guided missiles, that has a reconfigurable warhead payload and that can be used to take out targets such as command and control centers, air bases, logistics centers, bunkers, munitions storage, and other key infrastructure facilities. The order will be for 250 Long Range Satellite Guided missiles, that needs to be delivered 24 months from the date of award of the contract and all deliveries should be completed within 48 months from the date of award of the contract.

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DRDO to test final deliverable configuration of Astra Mk2

DRDO plans to start trials of the indigenously developed Astra Mk2 Beyond Visual Range Air to air missiles in a final deliverable configuration in the coming weeks after tasting the success of the rocket motor without AESA Seeker in unguided mode. Carriage trials and dummy release trials have been concluded some time back and the missile did carry out a developmental trial of a larger dual pulse solid fuel motor to gauge the efficacy of the improved rocket motor for sustained longer endurance.

Astra Mk2 unlike its predecessor will feature a dual pulse rocket motor that can propel the missile towards aerial targets that are 160km away from the launch aircraft and will have a higher no escape zone. Astra Mk1 that already has been tested with an indigenously developed Ku band Radio Frequency active seeker will now be tested with Ku band AESA Seeker and improved Electronic counter countermeasures, that was initially developed for the Astra Mk2 program.

India’s first precision guided missile system : Glidefire SSM

Indian Navy recently revealed plans to develop a Glidefire Surface to Surface Missile system with Indian Industry partners. Initially there was some level of confusion due to the mention of “glide”, with many assuming it will be a hypersonic projectile, but since it will be developed with private sector company, it became obvious that it won’t be the case. but now latest information that is coming in, confirms that it will be a long range, autonomous, precision guided missile system meant to hit high value maritime and land targets.

A Glidefire missile that can be launched from Universal Vertical Launcher Module from the frontline warship and will fly at a high subsonic speed, that will have a range of above 300km and will be equipped with a Digital Scene Matching Area Correlator technology which automatically matches the target, as it zooms in, with the image that has been pre feed, besides the GPS coordinates.

A Glidefire missile due to its small wings mission profile enables sea skimming and terrain following low level flight above ground with real time datalink support and full operational capability in Global Navigation Satellite System, in all weather conditions.

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