Defence News: Israel Aerospace Industries has released information about a new deal worth 630 million US dollars for arming four Indian Navy ships with the newly developed Long range Surface to Air Missile (LR-SAM) also known as Barak-8. The barak 8 has been developed in Medium range (MR-SAM) and long range (LR-SAM) by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), India’s Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), Israel’s Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure, Elta Systems, Rafael and other companies.
The LR-SAM was tested successfully a week ago aboard an Indian Navy ship showing it’s operational capabilities as it was tested under a real threat and target based scenario. “All components of the weapon system have successfully met the goals set to them” a statement from IAI said. BEL (India) which manufactures the missile will serve as main contractor for this Make in India project.“The new contract adds to other deals signed in the last decade by IAI with India’s defence forces, reinforcing IAI’s global leadership position in air and missile defence systems. The inclusion of Indian governmental company BEL for the first time, is a step up in our relationship with the Indian industry as part of the ‘Make in India’ policy,” IAI’s president and CEO, Joseph Weiss, said.
“This unique project represents the close collaboration between India’s DRDO, IAI and the defence forces of both countries. We will proceed to implementing it with joint efforts,” Weiss added.
Boaz Levi, IAI’s executive vice president and general manager of systems, Missiles and Space Group, has said: “We take pride, along with our partners in India, in the great results of the trial conducted last week, which reestablishes the System’s reliability and quality as well as its advanced technological capabilities”
Barak 8 system
The LR SAM is currently available as a Naval system and can be fielded on board ships. The range has been increased to around 100 kms. The 2 stage highly maneuverable missile and can target a wide variety of air-borne threats, such as; anti-ship missiles, aircraft, UAVs drones and supersonic missiles
MR system is Land based version of the missile. Flies at mach 2 and can hit targets out to 70 kms. It uses a command and control system tracking radar, missile and mobile launcher systems. Land based system has eight missiles each stacked in 2 rows and packed in canisters for weather proof and safe operation. The missile has an advanced radio seeker. The Indian Army has already ordered 5 regiments of this version which has 40 launchers and 200 missiles. This system will be deployed in 2023 and costs ₹23000 crore.
Growing Israel role in India’s defence sector:
The contract involves several key state-of-the-art elements, advanced phased-array radar, command-and-control system, launchers and missiles with advanced radio-frequency (RF) seekers. It comes down as Israel’s largest defence contract ever worth USD 2 billion to supply the Indian Army and Navy with missile defence systems. Just last month Israel closed a 2 Billion dollar defence deal with India where IAI alone took 1.6 Billion worth of deals to it’s kitty.