Denel Dynamics' fifth generation air-to-air missile A-Darter has cleared guided missile qualification tests now. The missile system, which has previously been integrated with the South African Air Force Gripen, offers features like lock-on after launch, and memory tracking with the latest processing capabilities.
The test had four firings that were conducted in various scenarios to understand different capabilities of the missile system. The first test was to check the lock-on after launch capability. For the second firing, the missile was released at a closed range to the target. This tested the high off-boresight capability. The last two tests checked the missile's electronic counter-countermeasures (ECCM).
The first A-Darter air-to-air missile system was successfully launched in 2015. The missile is 2980 mm long, with a diameter of 166 mm, and weighs about 93 kgs. A-Darter boasts of a higher range than traditional SRAAMs. At the same time, it has an agility to handle to closest of close combats. It also features advanced digital processing capability, and a highly sensitive two-colour thermal imaging seeker.
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