Indigenously developed Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missile, Astra, was successfully test fired on 25 December 2015. The test was conducted by the Indian Air Force off the coast of Odisha near the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Balasore.
The missile also underwent successful ground based trials in early December 2015 near Pune.
The tests were aimed at validating the ECCM (electronic counter-counter measure) features of the missile to overcome any jamming.
After carrying out some more trials, including air launch trial with a warhead, the missile is expected to be inducted into the Air Force in 2016.