Barak 8, also known as LR-SAM or MR-SAM, is designed to protect against every sort of airborne threat, including planes, helicopters, anti-ship missiles, and unmanned aerial vehicles, in addition to ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and combat jets.
It is offered in both sea-launched and land-based configurations. Since its formal launch in 2016, the system has attracted considerable interest from clients in other countries.
Barak 8 features:
Compared to its predecessor, Barak 1, Barak 8 features an upgraded seeker and greater range. The missile is 4.5 meters in length, with a fin span of 940 mm, and weighs 275 kilograms.
Since 2016 when it was finally activated, the system has drawn much interest from international clients.
The range and accuracy of Barak 8 have been improved upon and increased compared to its predecessor, Barak 1. The missile dimensions are as follows: a length of 4.5 m, a diameter of 225 mm, and a fin span of 940 mm.
A two-stage smokeless pulsed rocket motor with a thrust-vectoring nozzle propels the missile, which has a Mach 2 flying speed, 70 km range, 16 km engagement ceiling, and a 60 kg HE-FRAG payload. Supposedly, the range has increased to 100 kilometers.
Once it finds its target, active radar guidance makes the Barak 8 independent. With a sophisticated air-defense system and multi-function surveillance track and guide radars like the EL/M-2248 MF-STAR AESA aboard Kolkata-class destroyers, Barak 8 may simultaneously engage several targets during saturation attacks.
For use on land, the MRSAM can be configured in various ways. Control and tracking radars, missiles, and mobile launchers make up this system.
Eight of these missiles, stacked in two rows, will be stored in each launcher and fired from a canister. Additionally, The technology includes a sophisticated radio frequency Seeker. The device has an unrechargeable range of up to 70 kilometers.
LR-SAM is a long-range air defense missile system for the navy. It may have a range of 100 kilometers. This system is on three Kolkata-class destroyers, four Visakhapatnam-class destroyers, and the INS Vikrant aircraft carrier.
Other ships, including the project 17A frigates, are being constructed for the Indian navy equipped with this air defense system. Israeli Navy ships also include comparable technology.
It is planned to boost the Barak 8’s maximum range to 150 kilometers, with the ER (extended range) variant now in development.
The Barak ER can intercept cruise missiles, planes, and tactical ballistic missiles with ranges of less than 500 kilometers, making it a versatile weapon against various threats beyond visual range.
Azerbaijan and Morocco are the only two countries placing orders for this weapon. Of course, India and Israel are the two primary users of Barak 8. Barak 8 is being eyed by many other countries, including Finland, Germany, Poland, and Vietnam