Barak 8

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Barak 8
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Barak 8
Type Medium/long-range surface-to-air missile
Place of origin Israel/India
Service history
In service Induction Phase[1]
Production history
Manufacturer Israel Aerospace Industries
Weight 275 kg[2]
Length 4.5 m[3][2]
Diameter 0.54 m[3][2]
Proximity. (60 kg warhead)[2]

Engine Two stage, smokeless pulsed rocket motor.
Wingspan 0.94 m[3][2]
0.5–70 km[3][2]
Flight ceiling 0–16 km[3][2]
Speed Mach 2 (680 m/s)[3][2]

Barak 8 (the Hebrew word for Lightning) is an Indo-Israeli surface-to-air missile (SAM), designed to defend against any type of airborne threat including aircraft, helicopters, anti-ship missiles, and UAVs. Both maritime and land-based versions of the system exist.[5]


Barak 8 is based on the original Barak 1 missile and is expected to feature a more advanced seeker, alongside range extensions that will move it closer to medium range naval systems like the RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow or even the SM-2 Standard. Israel successfully tested its improved Barak II missile on July 30, 2009. The radar system provides 360 degree coverage and the missiles can take down an incoming missile as close as 500 meters away from the ship. Each Barak system (missile container, radar, computers and installation) costs about $24 million.[6] In November 2009 Israel signed a $1.1 billion contract to supply an upgraded tactical Barak 8 air defence system to India.[7]


Barak 8 launcher module.

The Barak 8 has a length of about 4.5 meters, a diameter of 0.54 meters, a wingspan of 0.94 meters and weighs 275 kg including a 60 kg warhead which detonates at proximity.[3] The missile has maximum speed of Mach 2 with a maximum operational range of 70 km - featuring a dual pulse rocket motor, Barak 8 possesses high degrees of maneuverability at target interception range. A second motor is fired during the terminal phase, at which stage the active radar seeker is activated to home in on to the enemy track.[3] Barak 8 has been designed to counter a wide variety of air-borne threats, such as; anti-ship missiles, aircraft, UAVs and drones as well as supersonic cruise missiles. When coupled with a modern air-defence system and multi-function surveillance track and guidance radars, (such as the EL/M-2248 MF-STAR AESA on board the Kolkata-class destroyers) Barak 8 enables the capability to simultaneously engage multiple targets during saturation attacks.[3][4]

Israel Aerospace Industries describe Barak 8 as "an advanced, long-range missile defense and air defense system" with is main features being:[8][4]

  • Long Range
  • Two way data link (GPS S band)
  • Active Radar Seeker Missile
  • 360 degree coverage
  • Vertical Launch
  • Multiple Simultaneous Engagements

Barak 8 has been described as giving potential use as a point defence anti-ballistic missile due to its combination of advanced capabilities.[9]

It has been reported that an ER (extended range) variant of the Barak 8 is under development, which will see the missiles maximum range increased to 100 km. The missile is expected to equip the Indian Navys future Project 15B destroyers.[10][11]

Flight tests[edit]

  • In May 2010, the Barak-II missile was successfully test fired at an electronic target and met its initial objectives. The second test of the missile was to be held in India later in 2010.[12] "More than 70 per cent of the content in the missile being developed with Israel would be indigenous." DRDO chief V. K. Saraswat told The Economic Times.[13]
  • On 10 November 2014 the Barak 8 was successfully test fired in Israel with all integrated operational components for both the marine & land system.[14][15]
  • In December 2014 it was reported that Stealth destroyer INS Kolkata, the largest warship built in India, will fire a long-range surface-to-air missile (LR-SAM) for the first time in 2015.[16]

Potential users[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Polish navy tests Barak-8 missile,, 4 September 2014
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j naval-technology Barak 8
  4. ^ a b c d IAI PDF - Barak 8,
  5. ^ Bourne, Jason. "The Barak Connection- India and Israel". merinews. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  6. ^ Shiv Aroor (2006-02-07). "India, Israel tie up on next-gen Barak missiles in 2000". Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  7. ^ "India buys upgraded Israeli air defences for $1.1bn". Reuters. 2009-11-09. 
  8. ^ IAI - Naval Barak 8 Israel Aerospace Industries
  9. ^ Next-Gen: Barak-8,, Accessed 25 November 2014
  10. ^ Naval Barak-8 Missiles, Israel, India,, Accessed 25 November 2014
  11. ^ Barak 8 / MR-SAM Test Program to Begin in Early 2012,, 21 November 2011
  12. ^ Indo-Israeli missile successfully test-fired: DRDO chief
  13. ^ "Politics/Nation". The Times Of India. 2010-07-01. 
  14. ^ "Successful comprehensive trial for IAI's Barak-8 defense missile system". November 11, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Successfully Tested the Barak-8 Air & Missile Defense System". November 13, 2014. 
  16. ^ S. ANANDAN (12 Dec 2014). "INS Kolkata to fire long range missile in 2015". The Hindu. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  17. ^ "List of ammunition purchased by Azerbaijan made public". 2012-03-27. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  18. ^ "Barak Gets Bigger And Better". Strategy World. 2013-08-07. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 

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