On Thursday, September 9, 2021, the Indian Air Force will install the MRSAM / Barak-8 missile system in Jaisalmer. This system was jointly developed by India and Israel and will help the IAF to strengthen its combat capabilities and protect itself from enemy planes.
Earlier this year, the two countries successfully carried out tests at a facility in India which validated that all components of the weapons system were working.
In addition to several Indian and Israeli companies, this system was jointly designed and developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO).
Learn 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 at a range of 50 to 70 km.
According to IAI, MRSAM fills a gap at medium range (70 kilometers) in India.
It is an advanced system that provides ultimate protection against different aerial platforms.
It has an advanced phased-controlled radar, interceptors with advanced RF seeker, commands and control and mobile launchers.
It has a two-way data link.
In 2017, IAI and India signed a $ 1.6 billion contract for MRSAM for 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 from Israel.
It was produced as part of the “Make in India” initiative.
MRSAM is used by the IAF and the Navy. The naval version is called LRSAM and is based on the Barak 8. A $ 777 million contract for seven ships was signed with state-owned Bharat Electronics Limited in 2018.
The Barak-1 system is already in service with the Indian and Israeli navies. This system was chosen to be upgraded to a superior air defense missile system.
It has become a medium range SAM for ground forces and this version is called Barak-8 and was jointly designed and developed by ISI and DRDO, Elta Systems, Rafael and other companies.
This system offers 360 degree defense against various air threats and can engage multiple targets in all weather conditions as well as day and night.
Can be used to defend against helicopters, ballistic missiles, anti-ship missiles, fighters, cruise missiles and drones.
There are three variants of the Barak-8 system: Barak 8 AMD / LRSAM; it is a naval air defense system. It was originally designed for the Israeli Navy and is now in use in other countries including India.
The other variant is the MRSAM or 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 sea missions.