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The missile, to be inducted into the Indian Army, has been jointly developed by DRDO in collaboration with Israel Aerospace Industries and manufactured by Bharat Dynamics.
DRDO said the gun system is far better than the legendary Bofors in the Indian Army along with any other artillery guns in the world including the ATHOS gun offered by Israel.
The DRDO expects to complete the extension of range by May 2022. Astra is an indigenous beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile.
The 5.56x30 mm joint protective venture carbine is a gas-operated semi automatic weapon and has a rate of fire more than 700 rounds per minute.
Ministry of Earth Sciences secretary M. Rajeevan says approvals are being obtained for the 'futuristic and game-changing' mission, likely to be launched in 3-4 months.
The defence ministry said the system is capable of detecting and tracking targets on the move. According to officials, the missile uses all indigenous subsystems.
Nirbhay missile was test-fired by DRDO from an integrated test range in Balasore in Odisha at around 10:30 AM.
The missile, developed by the DRDO, is likely to be integrated with the Sukhoi fighter jets of the IAF.
Defence experts say the SMART torpedo system will change anti-submarine warfare tactics to a large extent, if not completely.
In the last month, DRDO has carried out several tests of missiles and related technology, amid the Covid-19 pandemic and tensions with China.