The Israeli-Indian developed Barak 8 missile system carried out two trials from an Indian Navy ship in the Indian Ocean yesterday in which it successfully intercepted land-to-sea missiles in fully operational conditions.
The Barak 8, which is being jointly developed by the Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD) and the DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organization) in India, is an advanced groundbreaking air and missile defense system which provides ultimate protection against a variety of aerial platforms, in both land and naval scenarios. In particular, the Barak 8 is designed to protect Israel's offshore gas rigs from attack by missiles from ashore, or suicide drones. Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) (TASE: ARSP.B1) said that the system had operated as required and that the intercepting missile had hit its target.
These latest two trials follow a successful testing last month fired from an Israeli navy corvette. The Barak is now expected to become fully operational over the next year.
IAI CEO Joseph Weiss said, "The successful interception trials give validation to the impressive operational capability of the system. The project is a result of the close cooperation over many years between IAI and India's DRDO and this success is another major step on the long joint road forward. The Barak 8 system is one of IAI's flagship projects and a major growth engine for the company."
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on December 30, 2015
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