• India
  • May 02

Tejas cleared to carry Python-5 air-to-air missile

• Indigenously-developed light combat aircraft Tejas has been cleared to carry fifth generation Python-5 air-to-air missile as part of its weapons package that would significantly enhance the combat prowess of the jet.

• Trials were also conducted to validate the enhanced capability of the already integrated Derby Beyond Visual Range (BVR) AAM on Tejas. 

• The test firing at Goa completed a series of missile trials to validate its performance under extremely challenging scenarios. 

• Derby missile achieved direct hit on a high speed maneuvering aerial target and the Python missiles also achieved 100 per cent hits, thereby validating their complete capability. The trials met all their planned objectives.

• Prior to these trials, extensive missile carriage flight tests were conducted at Bengaluru to assess integration of the missile with the aircraft systems on board the Tejas.

• Python-5 missile live firing was conducted to validate target engagement from all aspects as well as beyond visual ranges. In all the live firings, missiles hit the aerial target.

• Tejas, manufactured by state-run aerospace behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, is a single engine and highly agile multi-role supersonic fighter aircraft capable of operating in high-threat air environments.

• The aircraft is a potent platform for air combat and offensive air support missions while reconnaissance and anti-ship operations are its secondary roles.

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