Indian Missile Program Updates

[pib] DRDO conducts maiden trial of Python-5 Air to Air Missile


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Python-5 missile

Mains level : Paper 3- Python-5 missile

Tejas adds Python-5 in its capacity

  • Tejas, India’s indigenous Light Combat Aircraft, added the 5th generation Python-5 Air-to-Air Missile (AAM) in its air-to-air weapons capability on April 27, 2021.
  • Trials were also aimed to validate enhanced capability of 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.
  • The trials met all their planned objectives.
  • The missiles were fired from Tejas aircraft of Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) flown by Indian Air Force (IAF) Test pilots.
  • The successful conduct was made possible with years of hard work by the team of scientists, engineers and technicians from ADA and HAL-ARDC along with admirable support from CEMILAC, DG-AQA, IAF PMT, NPO (LCA Navy) and INS HANSA.

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