Successful Interception Test to IAI's Barak-8 Air & Missile Defense System
Nov 26, 2015
An important milestone in the system's development process
Today, a successful interception test of the Barak-8 system was conducted from an Israel Navy corvette, in continuation of the test held in late 2014, when the operational capabilities of the Barak-8 were successfully proven.
Barak-8, jointly developed by the Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD) and the DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organization) in India, is an advanced groundbreaking air and missile defense system which provides ultimate protection against a variety of aerial platforms, in both land and naval scenarios.
The system is considered an essential project by the IMOD and is led by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), as prime contractor, in collaboration with the IMOD's Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D), ELTA Systems Ltd., IAI's group and subsidiary, RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems, and other defense industries.
The Barak-8 naval version is intended for use by the IDF and the Indian defense forces and supplies both point and area defense against a variety of airborne threats.
The system includes an advanced Phased Array digital radar, command and control, vertical launchers and missiles carrying a highly advanced seeker.
The scenario began with a target launch. After detection by the System's ship-based radar, the weapon system calculated the optimal interception point, launched the Barak-8 missile into its operational trajectory that acquired, and successfully intercepted the target. All weapon system's components successfully met the goals of the test.
Joseph Weiss, IAI's President and CEO: "The successful test of the Barak-8 naval version reflects the system's reliability and quality, together with its advanced technological capabilities. This unique project expresses the constructive cooperation between the Indian DRDO, the Israeli DDR&D and both countries' Defense Forces. Barak-8 is one of IAI's flagships and a major growth engine for the Company."
Boaz Levi, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Systems, Missiles & Space Group said: "Barak-8, with its naval and land versions, is a member of the elite club of the most successful Israeli military developments in the world. The development of the system is reflected in its innovation, creativity and its remarkable personal dedication of all those involved in the matter."
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Navy carries out first successful interception test of Barak 8 ship defense missile
By YAAKOV LAPPIN \11/26/2015 18:59
The project has been in joint Israeli and Indian development in recent years, and is due to become officially operational in both navies within a year to two years.
The Israel Navy and Israel Aerospace Industries carried out on Thursday the first successful interception test of the next generation Barak 8 missile system, which is designed to protect naval ships and offshore gas rigs from hostile aircraft, missiles and rockets.
In the test, the INS Lahav, a Sa’ar 5-class corvette, positioned just south of Haifa, fired a Barak 8 missile and destroyed a fast-moving, jet-powered drone at 7 a.m.
It was the first time the missile was launched from a ship, Vice Admiral Eli Sharvit, navy chief-of-staff, told reporters.
The system’s advanced digital phased-array radar, dubbed Barak Adir by the navy, is produced by Israel Aerospace Industries, the primary contractor.
IAI also makes the system’s the fire control station, while the interceptor missile is produced by Rafael.
The project has been in joint Israeli and Indian development in recent years, and is officially due to become operational in both navies within one to two years, he said.
He described the drone as a challenging target to hit, adding that the Barak Adir radar had no trouble detecting and tracking it, before firing a Barak 8 missile at the target.
“The introduction of this missile system will significantly enlarge our defensive range, which until now has been close-range,” he said, referring to the Barak 1 currently on board navy ships. “It will enhance our naval superiority.
It significantly increases the range we can intercept attacking planes and missiles,” he said.
The navy is preparing to install the system on the German- made Sa’ar 6 Magen ships, when these are delivered to the Israel Navy for the purpose of defending offshore gas sites.
Boaz Levi, IAI corporate vice president and general manager of the systems, missiles and space group, said the Barak 8 radar can detect threats at over 100 kilometers, adding that it could become fully operational in a matter of months.
“Our clients today received a demonstration of the incredible capabilities of the Barak 8,” he told The Jerusalem Post by phone.
Once airborne, the missile continues to receive data from the radar system, which predicts the threat’s trajectory, and enables the missile to adjust its own path before destroying the target.
The missile deploys its own electromagnetic sensor as it approaches the target, guiding it on its last phase.
The Barak 8 radar can track multiple targets simultaneously, Levi said, dividing its energy to cover half a sphere around a naval ship.
The system is “already installed on at least one Israel Navy ship, and on an Indian Navy ship,” he said.
Israel holds first successful operational test for Barak 8 missile
Missile designed for protection against sophisticated missiles possessed by Hezbollah was fired from a navy corvette against an enemy target.
Published: 11.26.15, 15:34 / Israel News
Israel held the first operational test for the Barak 8 missile defense system on Thursday afternoon, successfully destroying an enemy target.
The system is to serve as protection against sophisticated missiles held by Hezbollah, like the Russian-built Yakhont (P-800 Oniks) - an advanced cruise missile system that Russia sold Syria.
Such missiles, the defense establishment believes, can paralyze Israel's coast by targeting not only Israeli ships, but also its natural gas fields.
The Barak 8 system can be deployed on at sea or on land and was designed to destroy threats from the air such as drones, fighter jets, missiles, and rockets, including in the event of multiple simultaneous launches.
According to foreign reports, the IDF attacked shipments of Yakhont missiles on Lebanese soil over the past two years.
Despite that, a senior Navy officer assured Ynet that the IDF knows how to deal with such threats.
"We introduced the new Adir radar system, which provides wide-scope coverage and detection, and soon we will introduce the Barak 8 surface-to-air missiles that will improve our defense capabilities, like a naval Iron Dome," the former commander of the Navy's Missile Boats Flotilla (Shayetet 3), Col. Eyal Harel, told Ynet shortly before leaving his post.
"Even now we can already deal with the Yakhont with the tools at our disposal. But we should take the Yakhont very seriously; it's not a toothless threat. If this thing is launched and hits - that would be bad," Harel added.
Barak 8 interceptor fired during the test
INS LAHAV is the first of three SAAR 5 missile corvettes to upgrade from Barak I to Barak 8.