India receives first Barak 8 missile as part of $630 million contract with IAI

After signing a $630 million contract a few months ago, Israel Aerospace Industries handed the first long-range surface-to-air missile (LRSAM) over to India during a special ceremony. The Indian defense minister said that the missile system will help the navy protect the country.
The Israeli Barak 8 long-range surface-to-air missile (LRSAM) system Photo Credit: IAI/Channel 2 News

On Tuesday, the first long-range surface-to-air missile (LRSAM) developed by Israel Aerospace Industries and the Indian government was handed over to India's Defense Minister Arun Jaitley during a ceremony in Hyderabad.

Jaitley said during the ceremony that today marks an important and historic moment for his country as its navy receives one of the most advanced missile systems in the world. He added that the system will help the navy protect India.

In May, IAI announced that it signed a $630 million contract with the Indian Navy. According to the deal, the state-owned Israeli company will provide four Indian Navy ships with air and defense missile systems.

This was the first contract between IAI and the Indian government company Bharat Electronics Ltd. Before the deal was signed, the Israeli Barak 8 LRSAM system was successfully tested from an Indian Navy ship. During the test, the missile system proved once again that it can identify an airborne threat and destroy the target.

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