In order to increase its air defense capabilities, India is now looking to procure the new set of Barak air-defense system missiles from Israel. The Barak-8 will be replacing the ageing old missile defense system of Indian Navy vessels.
On Tuesday the Defense Minister gave a green signal for the procurement after the final negotiations. Under the approved proposal, nearly 131 Barak missiles and associated equipment will be purchased from Israeli firm Rafael Advanced Defense System.
“Indian defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman has cleared a proposal pertained to the procurement of 131 Barak Missiles and associated equipment, under option clause from M/s Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Ltd., Israel, at a cost of approximately $72 million,” the defence ministry said.
The 4.5 meter-long Barak 8 missile weigh around 270 kg and can carry a payload of 60 kg. Apart from the missile, the system includes a Multi-Functional Surveillance and Threat Alert Radar (MFSTAR) for detection, tracking and guidance of the missile.