Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Tejas Fighter To Get Derby Missiles

By Arie Egozi

A contract to integrate Rafael's Derby medium-range air-air missile with India's Tejas light combat aircraft will be signed soon, according to industry sources.
Delivery of the missiles is expected from the second half of 2012, following the final phase of integration tests that are planned for early next year.
The active radar- and infrared-guided Derby, which provides an all-weather, beyond visual-range capability, has previously been acquired for the Indian navy's British Aerospace-built Sea Harrier FRS51 fighters. Fourteen aircraft have been modified to use the weapon, said Indian sources.