The Israel Navy and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) carried out a successful interception test of the next generation Barak 8 missile system on Thursday, which is designed to protect naval ships and offshore gas rigs from hostile aircraft, missiles, and rockets.
Barak-8, jointly developed by the Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD) and the DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organization) in India, is an advanced groundbreaking air and missile defense system which provides ultimate protection against a variety of aerial platforms, in both land and naval scenarios.
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The system is considered an essential project by the IMOD and is led by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), as prime contractor, in collaboration with the IMOD’s Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D), ELTA Systems Ltd., IAI’s group and subsidiary, RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems, and other defense industries.
The Barak-8 naval version is intended for use by the IDF and the Indian defense forces and supplies both point and area defense against a variety of airborne threats.
The system includes an advanced Phased Array digital radar, command and control, vertical launchers and missiles carrying a highly advanced seeker.
The scenario began with a target launch. After detection by the System’s ship-based radar, the weapon system calculated the optimal interception point, launched the Barak-8 missile into its operational trajectory that acquired, and successfully intercepted the target. All weapon system’s components successfully met the goals of the test.
Joseph Weiss, IAI’s President and CEO: “The successful test of the Barak-8 naval version reflects the system’s reliability and quality, together with its advanced technological capabilities. This unique project expresses the constructive cooperation between the Indian DRDO, the Israeli DDR&D and both countries’ Defense Forces. Barak-8 is one of IAI’s flagships and a major growth engine for the Company.”
Boaz Levi, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Systems, Missiles & Space Group said: “Barak-8, with its naval and land versions, 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.”