Topic: Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM)
Topic in Syllabus: Science & Technology
The Indian Air Force (IAF) is set to test-fire ASRAAM from the Russian Su-30 MKI and the Anglo-French Jaguar aircraft by the end of this year (2019).
The missile was shortlisted through a tender and MBDA was working with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) on the integration.
- ASRAAM is the British Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM).
- It is a Within-Visual-Range (WVR) dominance weapon with a range of over 25 km.
- It is air-to-air missile.
- It is also known as ‘heat seeking’, because infrared is radiated primarily by heat.
- It is designed and built by MBDA, UK to provide enhanced aerial combat capabilities for fighter aircraft.
- It can also be fired at targets behind its aircraft.
- It accepts target information via aircraft sensors, such as radar or helmet-mounted sight, but can also act as an autonomous infrared search and track system.
- The Indian Air Force (IAF) is looking to adopt ASRAAM across its fighter fleet.
- This plan is to bridge the missile gap between the IAF and the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), which displayed an edge during the 27 February dogfight.
ASRAAM which recently appeared in news is a
a. welfare mission for the destitute
b. short range air to air missile
c. Russian submarine
d. None of the above
Answer : b