India test-fired new Barak surface-to-air missile, developed jointly with Israel, with a strike range up to 70 km for the third consecutive time in two days.
“The test was successful. With this, the DRDO has created history by conducting three consecutive trials of the medium range missile successfully in two days,” a DRDO official said.
The test was conducted to validate various parameters and it met the mission requirements. The missile was test-launched successfully twice on Thursday, he said.
The medium range missile (MR-SAM) for the IAF was successfully test-launched from a mobile launcher in the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur at around 10.26 am, a DRDO official said.
The missile, positioned at launch pad-3 of the ITR, swung into action after getting signal from the radars to intercept a pilotless target aircraft (PTA) over the Bay of Bengal, officials said.
Apart from the missile, the system included a Multi Functional Surveillance and Threat Alert Radar (MF STAR) for detection, tracking and guidance of the missile, they said.
“The missile, along with MF-STAR, will provide the users with the capability to neutralise any aerial threats,” said a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) scientist.
A laboratory of DRDO based at Hyderabad has jointly developed this missile in collaboration with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), he said.