Israeli-Indian missile system successfully tested in Indian Ocean

In second round of tests, Barak 8 missile system successful; Cooperation and development part of arms deals and increased cooperation between Israel and India

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The Israeli-Indian Barak 8 missile system was successfully tested in a second round of tests on Wednesday, the long-range surface-to-air missile tested on an Indian Navy ship in the Indian Ocean.

It is the second successful trial in the development of the Barak 8, the first tests conducted previously by the Israeli Navy in November.

The Barak 8 is a collaborative development between Israel’s Navy and Aerospace Industries with the Indian Navy and India’s Defense Research and Development Organization.

The missile system is designed to defend against short-to-long-range targets including all aircraft, drones and projectiles. The system is specifically designed to defend gas rigs and naval ships. Consistent with Israeli-defense systems, the Barak 8 also is equipped with radar systems with capabilities of engaging multiple targets.

India and Israel continue to develop and collaborate on the missiles system. Israel has become a main source of arms sales to India, most recently India purchasing Israel’s Spike anti-tank guided missile system with over 300 launchers in 2014, an arms deal of $525 million.