The Indian Navy (IN) has carried out its first successful “co-operative engagement firing” trials using the Medium-range Surface-to Air-Missile (MRSAM) version of the Barak-8 missile system.
IN Kolkata-class guided-missile destroyers INS Kochi (D 64) and INS Chennai (D 65) were involved in the first such test-firing from India’s western seaboard in the Arabian Sea on 17 May, according to a statement by the Indian government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB).
“The missiles of both ships were controlled by one ship to intercept different aerial targets at extended ranges,” said PIB, adding that the firing trials were conducted through the collaborative efforts of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the IN, and India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), along with several of its subsidiaries.
The DRDO and IAI jointly developed the 70 km-range Barak-8 MRSAM under a USD1.4 billion programme launched in 2006. Read More