Indian Navy successfully test fires Long Range Barak 8 missile from INS Kolkata

Date: December 30, 2015

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The Indian Navy on Tuesday test-fired the Barak 8 long-range surface-to-air missile (LRSAM) for the first time from an Indian warship. Barak 8 is being considered to be a major asset for the Indian Navy because it would add 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 kilometers.

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The Barak-8 has been designed to defend against a variety of short-to-long-range airborne threats, including fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, drones and projectiles.The LRSAM programme consists of missiles, weapon control system, MFSTAR (radar), vertical launcher unit and two-way data link.The LRSAM system has been jointly developed by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.(IAI), Israel.The system is to be deployed as the major missile system on the largest indigenously-built warship, INS Kolkata, which was inducted into the Navy last year.In November, the missile was successfully test-fired for the first time from an Israeli naval platform.
It will also be deployed on other naval ships including the recently commissioned INS Kamrota.