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Barak 8

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

Engine Two stage, smokeless pulsed rocket motor.
Wingspan 0.94 m[2][1]
0.5–70 km[2][1]
Flight ceiling 0–16 km[2][1]
Speed Mach 2 (680 m/s)[2][1]
  • Two way data link[3]
  • Active RF/IIR seeker[3]

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.[4]


  • Background 1
  • Characteristics 2
  • Flight tests 3
  • Potential users 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


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.[5] In November 2009 Israel signed a $1.1 billion contract to supply an upgraded tactical Barak 8 air defence system to India.[6]


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.[2] 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.[2] 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 MF-STAR AESA on board the Kolkata-class destroyers) Barak 8 enables the capability to simultaneously engage multiple targets during saturation attacks.[2][3]

Israel Aerospace Industries describe Barak 8 as "an advanced, long-range missile defense and air defense system" with is main features being:[7][3]

  • 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.[8]

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.[9][10]

Flight tests

  • 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.[11] "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.[12]
  • On 10 November 2014 the Barak 8 was successfully test fired in Israel with all integrated operational components for both the marine & land system.[13][14]

Potential users

See also


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

External links

  • Barak 8 on IAI website
  • Jane's Naval Weapons: Barak 1/2/8
  • Defense Industry Daily - India & Israel Introducing MR-SAM
  • Defense Update - Barak-8 MR-SAM program
  • The Indian Express (Oct 12/06) - What CBI does not say: Trishul a DRDO dud, that's why Barak deal
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