Indian AF wants I-Derby BVRAAM

The Indian Air Force wants to arm its fleet of Su-30MKI multirole fighters with Rafael Advanced Defense System I-Derby extended range (ER) beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM).

The Indian Air Force is reportedly in talks with Rafael to acquire the I-Derby ER, which has a range of 100 km because of its superiority to the aging Russian Vympel R-77 air-to-air missile, currently under service of the IAF.

These developments come after the fire-and-forget I-Derby ER missile, which features a software-defined radar seeker and a dual-pulse solid rocket motor, was selected to be the primary AAM to arm the IAF’s indigenously designed Tejas Light Combat Aircraft external link following successful test-firings in July 2018.