Israel Aerospace Industries to Supply Barak-8 Air Defense System for Israeli Navy’s Sa’ar-6 Corvettes

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has entered an agreement to provide Barak-8 advanced air defense system for Israeli Navy’s new Sa’ar-6 corvettes.

The contract was led by the Navy, Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) and the procurement administration in Israel’s Ministry of Defense.

The Barak-8 system was chosen after it was demonstrated to meet the operational requirements and future challenges faced by the Navy. The system was developed by IAI in collaboration with Israel’s DDR&D, India’s DRDO (Defense Research and Development Organization), the navies of both countries, RAFAEL, IAI’s ELTA Group and local industries in India.

Barak-8 is an operational air & missile defense system used by the Israeli navy as well as by the Indian navy and the Indian Air Force. It provides broad area and point defense against a wide range of threats to the marine arena from the air, the sea or the land. The system integrates several advanced state-of-the-art systems as, digital radar, command and control (C2), launchers, interceptors with modern RF seekers, data link and system-wide connectivity.

The new Sa’ar-6 corvettes will be used to protect Israel’s exclusive economic zone and strategic facilities which are faced with diversified threats in the marine arena.

Israeli Navy Sa'ar 6-class corvette
Rendering of Israeli Navy’s new Sa’ar 6-class corvette.

“Barak-8 is one of IAI’s leading systems and a growth engine for IAI in sales to its customers”, said Joseph Weiss, CEO & President of IAI. “The new deal adds to several Barak-8 contracts entered over the past few years with total value of more than $5 billion, which is another feather in the system’s glorious cap.”

“The procurement of Barak-8 System for the Sa’ar-6 corvettes will expand the operational capabilities of the Israeli navy, including the defense of Israel’s territorial and exclusive economic zone”, saidĀ Boaz Levi, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Systems, Missiles & Space Group.

“With land and naval modules, the system provides a complete response to a wide range of threats and is developed to work with other systems. Barak-8 is a proud member of the exclusive club that hosts Israel’s most successful global military developments”, he added.

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