India’s Tejas aircraft conducts first test firing of Derby BVRAAM missile

8 February 2016 (Last Updated February 8th, 2016 18:30)

India's light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas has reportedly conducted the first test firing of a beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM), Derby, in Jamnagar, a city in the Indian state of Gujarat.

India's light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas has reportedly conducted the first test firing of a beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM), Derby, in Jamnagar, a city in the Indian state of Gujarat.

Carried out by a limited series production (LSP) platform, the LSP-7 Tejas fired the BVRAAM missile on a Ballistic Non Guided (BNG)mode, reported OneIndia.

The scheduled weapon trials, which are aimed at validating the accuracy of the missile, are part of the final operational clearance (FOC) mandate.

"The supersonic fighter aircraft, which is single-seat, lightweight and highly-agile is being jointly manufactured by a consortium of five organisations."

As part of the FOC trials, Tejas is also scheduled to fire a Close Combat Missile (CCM) Python-5 missile.

In addition to Python and Derby, Tejas has armed with a Russian-made CCM R-73, laser-guided bombs (LGB) Griffin and Paveway and Russian-made gun Gsh-23.

In January, the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced plans to start full-scale production of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas in 2017.

The supersonic fighter aircraft, which is single-seat, lightweight and highly-agile is being jointly manufactured by a consortium of five organisations.

The consortium includes Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) and the Aeronautical Development Agency and the aircraft is primarily designed to replace the Indian Air Force's (IAF) ageing fleet of MiG-21 and MiG-23 aircraft.