As tension is growing in the country in aftermath of the Uri terror attack, the air-to-air MICA missile has been successfully fired by the Tiger Squadron of the Indian Air Force (IAF).
"The missile achieved a direct hit on a target which was much smaller than an actual aircraft and flying at low altitude. The target was destroyed on impact, validating the missile's launch envelope," a statement by the IAF said.
The IAF has become one of the few air forces in the world with the capability of such missile. "The operational success of this mission confirms a critical capability of Indian Air Force," the release said.
India purchased 450 MICAs from European missile major MBDA as part of the Mirage 2000 upgrade deal from France in 2012 for $1.23 billion. The MICA will be mounted on the 36 Rafale combat jets that India is purchasing from France, the deal for which was inked on September 23.
(With inputs from IANS)