by Israel Hayom Staff
Israel Aerospace Industries says system performed according to expectations and that interceptor missiles hit their targets • "The Indian Navy has become part of a select group of navies that have this niche capability," Indian Defense Ministry says.
The Indian Navy successfully test-fired the Barak 8 surface-to-air missile, jointly developed with Israel, overnight Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, the India-based Economic Times reported.
Israel Aerospace Industries said in a statement that the system performed according to expectations and that two interceptor missiles hit their targets. The successful trials, according to IAI, signal that the "system is ready."
In late November, the IDF ran its own test of the Barak 8, which the defense establishment believes can play a key role in securing Israel's offshore gas installations and naval forces.
"The successful interception tests last night and this morning from the Indian navy ship represents a continuation of the successful Barak 8 test from the Israeli naval vessel a month ago, which doubly validates the system's impressive operational capabilities," IAI CEO Yossi Weiss said.
According to Weiss, the project is the result of close cooperation between IAI and India's Defense Research and Development Organization.
According to IAI, the Barak 8 can engage multiple targets simultaneously "in severe saturation scenarios" and independent of the weather. The targets range from "supersonic skimmers to high-altitude targets," both naval and land-based.
"With the successful proving of these systems, the Indian Navy has become part of a select group of navies that have this niche capability, which would provide a fillip to our maritime operations," the Indian Defense Ministry was quoted by the Economic Times as saying.
Defense industry sources have said the value of the joint project is $1.4 billion and highlights burgeoning Israeli-Indian defense ties.
Israel Hayom Staff
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