India-Israel co-developed Barak-8 missile successfully test-fired

The medium range surface-to-air missile (MR-SAM) was successfully test-fired from a mobile launcher in the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur off the Odisha coast. It was co-developed by the DRDL in partnership with the IAI.

Created On: Jun 30, 2016 18:00 ISTModified On: Jul 1, 2016 13:22 IST

India on 30 June 2016 successfully test-fired a medium range surface-to-air missile (MR-SAM) from a mobile launcher in the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur off the Odisha coast.

The Barak-8 missile, as it is called, was co-developed by the Defence Research Development Laboratory (DRDL) of DRDO in partnership with the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).

Features of Barak-8

• Apart from the missile, the system includes a Multi Functional Surveillance and Threat Alert Radar (MF STAR) for detection, tracking and guidance of the missile.

• The missile, along with MF—STAR, will provide the users with the capability to neutralise any aerial threats.

• These missiles will be produced at the Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) in Hyderabad.

• Along with the long range surface-to-air missile (LR-SAM), it would be inducted in all the three Services once the user’s trials are completed.

• The LR-SAM was successfully test-fired in Israel and India in November and December 2015 respectively.

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