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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Who: Barak-8 missile
What: Successfully test-fired
When: 30 June 2016