India test fires medium range surface-to-air missile

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BALASORE: India on Thurs­day test fired a new surface-to-air ballistic missile jointly developed with Israel from a defence base off the Odisha cost, Times of India reported. 

Barak-8, a medium range missile (MR-SAM), was fired from a mobile launcher in Chandipur’s Integrated Test Range (ITR), a Defence Re­search and Development Orga­nization (DRDO) official said. 

“The test launch was a grand success and it met all the targets,” he said. 

The missile includes a Multi Functional Surveil­lance and Threat Alert Radar (MF STAR) system for detec­tion, tracking and guidance, they said. 

ZeeNews reports that the four-metre-long ballistic mis­sile can hit a target within a range of 70 kilometres and can carry a payload of 60 ki­lograms. 

A DRDO scientist said the missile along with the MF-STAR has the capability to neutralise any aerial threats. 

The missile has been developed by the Indian De­fence Research Development Laboratory (DRDL), a labora­tory of DRDO based at Hyder­abad, in collaboration with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), he said. 

 

 

 

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