NEW DELHI, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) — India Wednesday successfully testfired a long-range, surface-to-air missile, Barak-8, jointly developed with Israel, from an Indian Navy warship off the coast of the western state of Goa, sources said.
“The maiden testfiring of the missile in the Arabia Sea has been successful. It has destroyed an aerial target after being launched from INS Kolkata. The missile was twice testfired onboard Israeli ships and this is the first time that such a test was held onboard an Indian warship,” sources said.
Indian Navy has described the testfiring as “a quantum jump in Indian air defense capabilities”. “All our future warships will be equipped with this missile,” a spokesperson for the Indian Navy told the media.
The Barak-8 is developed jointly by state-owned Defense Research and Development Organization and Israel’s Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure. It is aimed at defending against any short-to-long range airborne threats, including planes and drones.
The missile is equipped with state-of-the-art multi-mission radar, two-way data link and a flexible command and control system.