New Delhi, July 11: Indian defence forces will soon get 1,000 Barak-8 MRSAM missiles. Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems (KRAS) on Thursday received a USD 100 million contract from Israeli arms manufacturing firm Rafael to supply these missile kits for the Indian Army and Air Force. Rafael Executive Vice President and General Manager of its Air and Missile Defense Systems Division, retired Brigadier General Pini Yungman presented the contract to KRAS at a ceremony attended by Kalyani Group Chairman Baba Kalyani. Indian Navy To Get Barak-8 Missile Defence System; Israel Aerospace Industries Signs USD 777 Million Deal With BEL.
The deal will give a big boost to the "Make in India" campaign. According to reports, KRAS will manufacture the Barak-8 MRSAM kits at its Hyderabad facility and these will be assembled at public sector defence undertaking Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL). The Indian defence manufacturing firm had also made systems for Spice 2000 guided bombs. These bombs were used by the IAF to carry out air strikes on Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camps in Pakistan's Balakot. 'Strum Ataka': India Signs Rs 200 Crore Anti-Tank Missile Deal with Russia
Barak-8 is an Indian-Israeli surface-to-air missile (SAM), designed to defend against any type of airborne threat including aircraft, helicopters, anti-ship missiles. These missiles are also useful in countering ballistic missiles. Both maritime and land-based variants of the system exist. Meanwhile, MRSAM is the land-based variant of the missile.