New Delhi: India’s indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas was able to hit the 5th generation Python-5 Air-to-Air Missile (AAM) in air-to-air (air-to-air) after successful tests on April 27, 2021. Having added to its fleet of weapons. The purpose of these tests was also to assess the increased capability of the already coordinated Derby Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missile (AAM) at Tejas. This shooting test conducted in Goa carried out a series of tests to verify the performance of this missile in very challenging scenarios. His full capability was verified with the Derby missile being able to hit an air target with high speed maneuver directly and the Python missiles also achieved a 100 percent shooting target. These tests served all of their planned objectives.
Prior to these tests, a comprehensive test of missile haulage flights was conducted in Bengaluru to assess the coordination of this missile with aircraft systems such as avionics, fire-control radar, missile weapon delivery systems and flight control systems engaged in Tejas. . In Goa, after successful detachment tests, the missile was launched live on hypothetical targets. Live firing of the Python-5 missile was conducted to assess all aspects as well as the ability to target targets beyond visual range. In all live firing, this missile shot down its air targets.
These missiles were fired from Tejas aircraft of the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), flown by test pilots of the Indian Air Force (IAF) affiliated to the National Flight Test Center (NFTC). This successful event was made possible by the commendable cooperation of CEMILAC, DG-AQA, IAF PMT, NPO (LCA Navy) and INS Hansa as well as years of hard work by the team of scientists, engineers and technicians of ADA and HAL-ARDC .
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the teams of DRDO, ADA, Indian Air Force, HAL and all those involved in this test for this achievement. Dr. G. G., Secretary, Department of Defense Research and Development and Chairman of DRDO. Satish Reddy appreciated the efforts of scientists, engineers and technicians from various organizations and industry.