Indian Navy conducted the maiden cooperative engagement firing of the Medium Range Surface to Air Missiles (MRSAMs) from two of its guided-missile destroyers achieving a significant milestone in enhancing its Anti Air Warfare (AAW) capability.
The firing was undertaken on India’s western seaboard by the Navy’s Kolkata-class guided-missile destroyers, INS Kochi (D64) and INS Chennai (D65), wherein the missiles of both ships were controlled by one ship to intercept different aerial targets at extended ranges.
The successful conduct of the test has been the result of sustained efforts by all stakeholders over the years, said an Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) statement announcing the test.
The firing trial was carried out by the Indian Navy, and the missile’s developers – India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), a missile system laboratory under DRDO located in Hyderabad, has jointly developed this missile in collaboration with IAI. The MRSAM has been manufactured by state-owned Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL).
The MRSAM Surface to Air Missiles (SAMs) are currently fitted onboard Navy’s all three Kolkata-class destroyers including the lead ship of the class, INS Kolkata (D63). The missiles would also be fitted on all future major warships of the Indian Navy.
With the successful proving of this cooperative mode of engagement, the Indian Navy has become a part of a select group of Navies that have this niche capability. This capability significantly enhances the combat effectiveness of the Indian Navy thereby providing an operational edge over potential adversaries, added the MoD statement.
Barak 8, also known as LR-SAM or as MR-SAM, is an Indian-Israeli surface-to-air missile (SAM), designed to defend against any type of airborne threat including aircraft, helicopters, anti-ship missiles, and unmanned aircraft as well as ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and combat jets. Both maritime and land-based variants of the system exist.
The missile was jointly developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), India’s Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), Israel’s Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure, Elta Systems, Rafael and other companies. India’s Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) produces the missiles.