India announces successful Indo-Israeli Barak 8 missile system test
I – 24 NEWS – India on Tuesday successfully test fired the Barak 8 missile system that was jointly developed with Israel. The test was launched at 10:13 am local time (445 GMT) from a mobile launcher on a base near the country’s eastern Odisha coast. It successfully intercepted a moving airborne target over the bay of Bengal, according to India’s English language Business Standard daily.
Additional tests are reportedly to occur later Tuesday and again on Wednesday.
The surface-to-air missile system uses 4.5 meter tall missiles which can carry a 60 kg warhead to range of up to 70 kilometers.
The Barak 8, an upgraded version of the Barak system both countries already use, is designed to defend naval vessels against incoming missiles, planes and drones.
Designed to defend against a variety of short-to-long-range airborne threats – including fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, drones and projectiles – Barak-8 incorporates a state-of-the-art phased array multi-mission radar, two-way data link, and a flexible command and control system, enabling users to simultaneously engage multiple targets day and night and in all weather conditions, according to IAI.
The Barak-8 is part of next-generation defenses currently being installed on Israeli Navy ships to protect them from threats that include Russian-made Yakhont surface-to-sea missiles reportedly in the possession of Lebanese Shi’ite militia Hezbollah. To date, the system has racked up “significant sales” to customers around the world, IAI said.
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