Indian Navy successfully test-fired it’s newly developed Long Range Barak 8 Surface-to-Air Missile (LR SAM) on Wednesday. Barak 8 has a range of nearly 70 km and the Navy defined this first flight as an important milestone in taking India’s anti-air warfare capabilities forward.
The missile has been designed to defend naval ships against many aerial threats like incoming missiles, planes, helicopters, projectiles and drones.
“The firing was undertaken on the Western Seaboard by INS Kolkata, wherein the missile successfully intercepted an aerial target at extended ranges,” said a Ministry of Defence press release.
The missile was jointly developed by Defence Research Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad, in collaboration with Israel Aerospace Industries.
The firing trial was carried out by the Indian Navy, DRDO and Israel Aerospace Industries.
The complete system, other than the missile, also includes a Multi-Functional Surveillance and Threat Alert Radar (MF STAR) for detection, tracking and guidance of the missile. It can track and engage hundreds of aerial targets at the same time. With MF STAR and the missile, Indian warships will be able to counteract aerial threats at extended ranges.
These missiles are fitted on-board the Kolkata Class Destroyers, and will also be fitted on all future major warships of the Navy.
“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 our Maritime Operations,” said the release.