India test fires surface-to-air missile

Barak-8 missile

India Tuesday successfully test fired a new surface-to-air missile - "Barak-8", from a defence base in its eastern sate of Odisha, state-run broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) said.

The state-of-the-art Gen-Next missile developed in collaboration with Israel will provide an air-shield to sensitive defence installations and important metro cities besides protection from hostile attacks.

The missile has the ability to hit targets within 70 km to 90 km radius. Three more rounds of tests have been planned in next three days from the same test facility. As indicated by sources, the missile was test fired at 10:13AM today from the launchpad-3 in Chandipur, Balasore. Both Indian and Israel teams participated in the launch campaign.

Barak-8, the long range surface-to-air missile, has been jointly developed by India and Israel. The 4.5-metre missile has a Multi-Functional Surveillance and Threat Alert Radar for detection, tracking and guidance.

Balasore district administration made arrangements by shifting 3,700 people residing in the nearby area as a precautionary measure and the fishermen were asked not to go for fishing during the launch. In 2015, the Indian Navy successfully test-fired the missile from a warship, while earlier this year the missile was tested at Chandipur.



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