Israeli Navy has announced to procure multi-purpose Barak 8 missile defence system, jointly developed by India and Israel. It will be used by Israeli Navy’s Sa’ar-6 corvettes to expand its operational capabilities of Israeli navy, including defence of Israel’s territorial and exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and strategic facilities from diversified threats.
Barak-8 (Lightning 8 in Hebrew), also known as also known as LR-SAM or as MR-SAM is an operational air and missile defense system used by Israeli Navy as well as by Indian Navy and air forces. It has been jointly developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Israel’s Administration for Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure, Elta Systems, Rafael and some other Indian defence companies.
Features: The missile is about 4.5 meters long, 0.225 meters in diameter and weighs 275 kg including 60 kg warhead. It has maximum speed of Mach 2 with maximum operational range of 70 km (which has been increased to 100 km). It has dual pulse rocket motor as well as Thrust vector control and possesses high degrees of maneuverability at target interception range.
Capabilities: The missile provides broad aerial and point defence against wide range of threats to marine arena from the air, sea or land. It is designed to defend against variety of short-to-long-range airborne threats, including fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, drones and projectiles. It incorporates state-of-the-art phased array multi-mission radar, two-way data link, and flexible command and control system, enabling users to simultaneously engage multiple targets day and night and in all weather conditions.