INDIA TEST-FIRES BARAK-8 SURFACETO-AIR BALLISTIC MISSILE
India has reportedly test-fired the Barak-8 surface-to-air ballistic missile from a test range at Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha state. The test firing was originally scheduled for 29 June, but was postponed due to undeclared reasons, reported the Press Trust of India (PTI). During the trial on June 30, the medium-range missile was successfully launched from the Integrated Test Range (ITR).The missile was to intercept a target supported by an unmanned air vehicle over the Bay of Bengal, according to a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) official cited by PTI. DRDO’s Research Centre Imarat and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) jointly developed the Barak-8 missile, and conducted testfiring alongside Indian defence personnel. The 4 m-long missile has a range of 70km, a weight of 275 kg, and a payload capacity of 60 kg. Combined with a multi-functional surveillance and threat alert radar (MF STAR), the missile is capable of identifying and disarming aerial threats. Nearly 3,652 residents living within a 2.5 km radius of the launch pad were moved to nearby shelter centres to ensure safety. Fishermen along the Bay of Bengal were asked not to fish in the sea during the test launch. Bharat Dynamics has established a new facility to produce 100 long-range and mediumrange surface-to-air missiles annually.