Please provide an update on the different types of MBDA missiles delivered to the IAF till date?
The Indian Air Force (IAF) is already a customer for the most advanced air launched missiles made by MBDA, including Meteor, SCALP, MICA and ASRAAM.
ASRAAM is being delivered to the IAF as its New Generation Close Combat Missile programme. With its large rocket motor, and clean aerodynamic design, ASRAAM has unrivalled speed and resultant aerodynamic manoeuvrability and range. ASRAAM gives it a high kinematic capability that delivers superior end-game performance for within visual range air combat. ASRAAM will arm the IAF’s upgraded Jaguar fleet.
MICA is part of the upgrade package for the IAF’s Mirage 2000 aircraft, but also arms the IAF’s new Rafale fighters. MICA is the only missile in the world featuring two interoperable seekers (active radar and imaging infrared) to cover the spectrum from close-in dogfight to long beyond visual range giving the pilot enhanced tactical flexibility.
The SCALP deep strike cruise missile from MBDA will also be equipped on India’s Rafales. This stealthy weapon has proven repeatedly in combat its unerring ability to strike hardened and protected targets deep inside hostile territory – without the need for the Rafale to enter provide by its powerful tandem warhead.
The most famous of the weapons MBDA provide the IAF is probably the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile on India’s Rafale fighter aircraft. Meteor is widely recognised as a game changer for air combat. Meteor is powered by a unique rocket-ramjet motor that gives it far more engine power, for much longer than any other missile. This means it can fly faster, fly longer, and manoeuvre more than any other missile – giving Meteor the ability to chase down and destroy agile hostile fighters at even the furthest of ranges. As a result, Meteor has a noescape zone many times greater than any other air-to- air missile.
There are further opportunities for these missiles to be added to other IAF platforms, to bring the excellent combat performance of these missiles to more of the IAF’s aircraft.
BDl and MBDA recently signed a licence agreement for ASRAAM Final assy, integration & Test at BDl – kindly provide an update on this?
MBDA’s recently signed a licence agreement Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) of India for the final assembly, integration and test (FAIT) of ASRAAM. The agreement further strengthens the collaboration between the companies on various missile programmes. A collaboration that has a long and highly successful history over four decades. The hostile airspace. SCALP’s operational effectiveness is the result of three key factors: its high survivability thanks to its long stand-off range, low observability and sophisticated mission planning system; its pinpoint terminal accuracy through its highly accurate seeker and target recognition system; and its terminal effectiveness licence agreement follows on from a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed at DSEI 2019 in London, and marks the latest step in MBDA’s commitment to Make in India.
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