India successfully tests new Israeli defense system

Israel’s Aerospace Industries (IAI) developed the Barak 8 Air and Missile Defense System which can be used at sea or on land and is designed to intercept short to long range threats.

The Indian Ministry of Defense on Tuesday successfully conducted a test launch of the Israeli Barak-8 surface-to-air missile.

Indian media reported that a test range from which the projectile was fired is located at the country’s eastern Chandipur village. The missile was fired from a mobile launcher.

In December 2015, the Indian Navy successfully test-fired the missile from a warship by intercepting two projectiles in a trial conducted in the Indian Ocean, while earlier this year the missile was tested at Chandipur.

Israel’s Aerospace Industries (IAI) developed the Barak 8 Air and Missile Defense System which can be used at sea or on land and is designed to intercept short to long range threats.

Its main features include defense from supersonic skimmers to high altitude targets in all weather, multiple simultaneous engagements in severe saturation scenarios and vertical launching of interceptors, easily fitting on existing or new ships.

Boaz Levi, IAI Executive Vice, said of the defense system that “with its naval and land versions, it is a member of the elite club of the most successful Israeli military developments in the world. The development of the system is reflected in its innovation, creativity and its remarkable personal dedication of all those involved in the matter.”

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The defense project has been jointly developed by the Israel’s Ministry of Defense (MOD) and the Indian DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organization) in recent years, and is due to become operational in both navy’s within a year or two.

By: Aryeh Savir, World Israel News