Defence Public Sector unit Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) has signed a licensing agreement with the Ministry of Defence for the serial production of the indigenously developed Astra Mk I beyond-visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM), according to an 11 April statement by Press Information Bureau (PIB).

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) formally handed over the technology behind the weapon, which completed development trials in September 2017, during the DefExpo 2018 exhibition in Chennai, said the PIB.

Moreover, the DRDO transferred seven other technologies to BDL and six other private- and public-sector companies at a ceremony held in the presence of Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, according to the PIB.

Press Information Bureau