IN­DIA TEST-FIRES BARAK-8 SUR­FACETO-AIR BAL­LIS­TIC MIS­SILE

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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.

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