India Test-fires French MICA Missile from Su-30MKI Jet

MICA missile equipped on Rafale fighter (image: MBDA)

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has reportedly covertly test-fired two rounds of French MICA missiles from a Su-30MKI fighter on August 17 and 18, ahead of the missile’s integration with the Rafale.

Defence sources told TNIE that the anti-air multi-target MICA missile fired from Sukhoi-30 MKI destroyed expendable aerial targets (EATs), demonstrating its stealth capabilities.

The jet, armed with Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missile MICA took off from Kalaikunda airbase in West Bengal and fired the missile, successfully neutralising the aerial target drone mimicking enemy aircraft at low altitude.

“The IAF is in the process of upgrading its squadrons. It is also in process of procuring Meteor missile from the European weapon maker MBDA. Rafale will be equipped with MICA and Meteor,” the official added.

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