Indo-Israeli medium-range surface-to-air missiles test fired

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Indo-Israeli medium-range surface-to-air missile was test fired at Chandipur-on-sea, on the Odisha coast, on September 20 morning.

This apart, Barak 8 long-range surface-to-air missile, has also been test fired and it is being tested for the Indian and Israeli Navies.

The missile, which weighs 270 kg, is 4.5-metre high and carries 60 kg of payload, was launched in its full operational configuration from a mobile launcher. Having a speed of Mach 2, the missile is a product of a joint development between Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Israel Aerospace Industries.

The missile, which will be tested against a pilotless aircraft, will be inducted into the Indian Air Force after tests.

The missile is also guided by on-board avionics for neutralising threatrockets, missiles and jets.

Though the missile is yet to be named, India signed a contract worth Rs 10,076 crore in February 2009 for the missile’s development.