New Delhi: Giving a major boost to the war mongering capability of the nation, India Navy is going to induct a long-range surface-to-air missile capable of intercepting incoming missiles, enemy fighter jets and drones.
The missile named as Barak 8 jointly developed by India and Israel if tested successfully will pave the way for final intsllation of Barak 8 missile on board Indian warships.
The missile had undergone a sucessful test in Israel last November. Barak 8 is an upgraded version of the Barak system both countries already use.
The missile is being jointly developed by Israel Aerospace Industries, India’s DRDO, Israel’s Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure, Elta Systems, Rafael and other companies.
The state-run Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) will series-produce the 70 km-range Barak-8, with 32 missiles to be initially fitted onto INS Kolkata.
Barak 8 is considered to be a major asset for Indian Navy because it adds a potent system designed to destroy any anti-ship missile launched by Pakistani or Chinese navy.
Key to Barak 8’s ability to intercept incoming missiles is Israel-made MF-STAR radar system which is capable of simultaneously tracking hundreds of airborne targets to a range of more than 250 kilometres.
The latest weapon will help India to retain its technological edge over Pakistan and to counter a deadly Chinese threat looming across its border. The missile is capable of intercepting Pakistani fighter inventory and is able to destroy the country’s incoming missile.