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.