India-Israel joint venture LRSAM missile successfully tested

Long Range Surface-to-Air Missile (LRSAM) co-developed by India and Israel, was successfully test-fired from a range in Israel. The test fire was carried by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in the presence of DRDO scientists and officials of the Indian Armed Forces.

The successful test marked a milestone in bilateral cooperation of the two countries in developing advanced weapon systems.

Test: The missile successfully intercepted a maneuvering target mimicking an attacking combat aircraft. The test also validated all the elements related to the naval and land-based variants of the missile including the phased array radar, battle management system, communications and the interceptor.

Importance of Long Range Surface-to-Air Missile (LRSAM)

  • LRSAM will be deployed on the newly commissioned INS Kolkata, which had to be inducted without the weapon system due to delays in testing.
  • It would also be deployed on other naval ships including recently commissioned INS Kamrota.

About Long Range Surface-to-Air Missile (LRSAM)

LRSAM is called Barak 8 missile in Israel. Barak is the Hebrew word for Lightning.

It is designed to counter a wide variety of air-borne threats such as anti-ship missiles, aircraft, UAVs and drones as well as supersonic cruise missiles.

Barak 8 is an advanced, long-range missile defence and air defence system with main features being:

  • Long Range
  • Active Radar Seeker Missile
  • Vertical Launch
  • Multiple Simultaneous Engagements.

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