India successfully test-fires long-range surface-to-air missile from Odisha

India has successfully test-fired Barack 8 missile system from a defence base off Odisha coast.

India on Tuesday successfully test-fired long-range surface-to-air missile (LRSAM) jointly developed with Israel from a defence base off the Odisha coast.

LRSAM or Barack 8 is missile system jointly developed by India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Indian Navy and Israel’s Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) designed to defend against any airborne threat including helicopters, drones, cruise missiles, combat jets within a range of 70 Km.

Apart from having a longer range than its parent Barack 1 missile, Barack 8 features dual pulse rocket motor and an active radar seeker missile and uses GPS S-band for a 360-degree coverage. LRSAM also features verticle launch and can engage multiple simultaneous targets.

The first LRSAM will be fitted on Kolkata-class destroyers. Apart from it, INS Vikrant, and Vishakhapatnam-class destroyers will also be equipped with Barack 8.