Barak 8 Missile Current Affairs

Long range surface-to-air Barak-8 missile successfully test fired

India and Israel jointly developed most advanced long range surface-to-air missile (LR-SAM)  Barak-8 was successfully test fired off the Odisha coast.

The missile was test fired from a mobile launcher at the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur in Balasore district in Odisha.

About Barak-8 missile

  • Barak-8 (Lightning 8 in Hebrew) is long-range nuclear capable missile, developed jointly by Israel and India.
  • It has been designed and developed by DRDO, Israel Aerospace Industries and Israel’s Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure.
  • It is 4.5-meter long and weighs around 3 tonnes can carry a payload of 70 kilograms. It has a speed of Mach 2.
  • It has the capacity to identify and neutralize various forms of aerial threats such as rockets, UAVs, planes, helicopters in a single flight.
  • Barak-8 missile’s most technologically advanced aspect is its ability to intercept missiles aimed at sea-bound vessels.


LRSAM Barak 8 Missile successfully tested from INS Kolkata

India and Israel jointly developed Long Range Surface to Air Missile (LRSAM) Barak 8 was successfully test fired from INS Kolkata.

The firing trial of the LR SAM has been jointly carried out by the Indian Navy, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Israel Aerospace Industries.

This successful test marks a significant milestone in enhancing Indian Navy’s Anti Air Warfare capability and also India-Israel relations.

About Barak 8 missile

  • LRSAM Barak 8 missile in Hebrew language means Lightning. It is an advanced, long-range missile defence and air defence system.
  • Its main features are long range, active radar seeker missile, vertical launch and multiple simultaneous engagements.
  • For the LRSAM, DRDO has developed dual pulse propulsion system along with other safety arm mechanisms for Solid Propulsion system.
  • The LRSAM programme consists of Missiles, Weapon Control System, MFSTAR (Radar), Vertical Launcher unit and two- way data link.
  • It is capable 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 missiles will be incorporated onboard of the Kolkata Class Destroyers and also on all future major warships of the Indian Navy. This missile along with the Multi-Functional Surveillance and Threat Alert Radar (MF STAR) would provide these ships the capability to neutralize aerial threats at extended ranges.