Israel has tested an advanced surface-to-air missile from a ship intercepting a small drone simulating an enemy craft.
“The system extends the range of Israel's aerial defense and that the system, being developed with India, should be operational in about two years,” an unnamed military official was quoted as saying by Associated Press news agency Thursday.
Speaking anonymously in line with military guidelines, he said it can deal with strategic threats like Russian-made Yakhont missiles, which can be fired from land and destroy ships at sea. Officials believe Hezbollah in Lebanon possess Yakhonts.
Israeli media reported Barak 8 could be deployed near offshore gas rigs.