Israeli-Indian Long Range Surface-to-air Missile Tested Successfully

Barack 8 air-defense system undergoes trial run as India looks to step up military capabilities.

Sankalp Phartiyal
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India test-fires long range surface-to-air missile Credit: ANI, India Nvay, Reuters
Sankalp Phartiyal

REUTERS - India successfully test-fired on Wednesday a new long range surface-to-air missile, jointly developed with Israel and capable of countering aerial threats at extended ranges, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushes to enhance the country's military capabilities.

India, which shares borders with nuclear-armed China and Pakistan, is likely to spend $250 billion over the next decade to upgrade its military.

It is the world's biggest buyer of defense equipment but Modi is trying to build a defense industrial base in the country to cut overseas purchases.

The test-firing of the missile system was carried out by warship INS Kolkata, the Ministry of Defense said in a statement.

Defense industry sources told Reuters last year that the value of the Barak 8 project was $1.4 billion.

The aerial defense system includes radar for detection, tracking and missile guidance.

Only a small club of countries including the United States, France, Britain and Israel possess such capability, a Defense Research and Development Organization spokesman said.

Israel is one of India's top three arms suppliers, delivering items such as missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles, but such transactions were for long largely unpublicized because of India's fear of upsetting Arab countries and its own large Muslim population.

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