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Barak-8 Test Fired Aboard Indian Warship
Jan 04, 2016

The Indo-Israeli jointly developed Long Range Surface to Air Missile (LR SAM), popularly known as Barak-8, was recently successfully test fired aboard an Indian Navy's Kolkata class destroyer, which will escort the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya from Russia. Last year the Barak-8 was tested aboard an Israeli warship.

  • Indian Navy achieved a significant milestone in enhancing its Anti Air Warfare capability with the maiden firing of its newly developed LR SAM.

  • The firing was undertaken on the Western Seaboard by INS Kolkata, wherein the missile successes fully intercepted an Aerial Target at extended ranges.

  • These Surface to Air Missiles are fitted onboard the Kolkata Class Destroyers and would also be fitted on all future major warships of the Indian Navy. 

  • This missile along with a multifunction active electronically scanned array naval radar ((Multi Functional Surveillance & Threat Radar-MF STAR) would provide these ships the capability to neutralize aerial threats at extended ranges. 

  • With the successful proving of these systems, Indian Navy has become part of a select group of Navies that have this niche capability, which would provide a fillip to Maritime Operations.

  • The missile is being developed by India's defence research agency, Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO); the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI); and the Indian Navy. Barak-8, with a range of 70 kilometers, is capable of protecting naval ships from multiple targets, including enemy aircraft, missiles and rockets.

  • Once airborne, the missile continues to receive data from the radar system, which predicts the threat's trajectory, and enables the missile to adjust its own path before destroying the target.

  • The missile can detect multiple targets simultaneously.

  • At a cost of over $1.5 billion, the Barak-8 project was commissioned in 2006 and was scheduled to have been inducted in 2012. 

  • Bharat Dynamics Limited will produce the Barak-8, and once inducted, 32 missiles will be initially fitted on one of the three Kolkata destroyers.

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