The Indian Air Force on Thursday (September 9, 2021) will install the MRSAM / Barak-8 missile system in Jaisalmer. This system has been jointly developed by India and Israel and will help the IAF increase its combat capabilities and protect itself from enemy aircraft.
Earlier this year, the two countries had successfully carried out tests at a facility in India that validated that all components of the weapons system were working.
In addition to several Indian and Israeli companies, this system has been jointly designed and developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO).
More about the MRSAM / Barak-8 missile system
A medium-range surface-to-air missile system has the ability to shoot down an enemy aircraft in a range of 50 to 70 km.
According to the IAI, the MRSAM fills a medium-range gap (70 kilometers) in India.
It is an advanced system that provides maximum protection against different aerial platforms.
It has advanced phased radar, seeker interceptors, advanced RF command and control, and mobile launchers.
It has a bidirectional data link.
In 2017, the IAI and India signed a $ 1.6 billion contract for MRSAM for the Indian ground forces. And companies that have been involved in this project include Bharat Dynamics Limited, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems of Israel.
It has been carried out under the ‘Make in India’ initiative.
The MRSAM is used by the IAF and the Navy. The naval version is called LRSAM and is based on the Barak 8. In 2018, a $ 777 million contract for seven ships was signed with the state-owned Bharat Electronics Limited.
The Barak-1 system is already in service with the Indian and Israeli navies. This system was chosen to be upgraded into a superior air defense missile system.
It evolved to a mid-range SAM for ground forces and this version is called Barak-8 and has been jointly designed and developed by ISI and DRDO, Elta Systems, Rafael and other companies.
This system provides 360-degree defense against various aerial threats and can strike multiple targets in all weather conditions, as well as day / night.
It can be used to defend against helicopters, ballistic missiles, anti-ship missiles, fighter jets, cruise missiles, and unmanned aerial vehicles.
There are three variants of the Barak-8 system: Barak 8 AMD / LRSAM; It is a naval air defense system, originally designed for the Israeli Navy and is now used in other countries, including India.
The other variant is MRSAM or a medium range and it comes with mobile launchers, tracking radar, command and control system.
Barak MX the third variant comes with a flexible configuration option. It can be used in land and naval missions.