India successfully test fires surface-to-air missile 'Barak-8'

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

Bhubaneshwar [India], Sept. 20 (ANI): India on Tuesday successfully test-fired the most advanced surface-to-air missile 'Barak-8', which is a long-range nuclear capable ballistic missile, developed jointly with Israel. It was launched at 10:13 AM from a mobile launcher at the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur in Balasore district. The 4.5-meter missile weighs around 3 tonnes and can carry a payload of 70 kilograms. The system also includes a Multi-Functional Surveillance and Threat Alert Radar for detection, tracking and guidance of the missile. Barak-8 was successfully test fired twice on June 30th and once on July 1st. According to reports, the missile swung into action after getting a signal from the radars to intercept a moving aerial target supported by an unmanned air vehicle 'Banshee' over the Bay of Bengal and more tests of the missile will be carried out today and tomorrow. As a precautionary measure, Balasore district administration had made adequate arrangements to temporarily shift 3,700 people residing within the 2.5 km radius. The fishermen were also advised to not venture into the sea during the launch. (ANI)