Israel to supply $777 million worth of Barak 8 missile defence systems


New Delhi/Tel Aviv, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) on Wednesay announced that it has been awarded an additional, $777-million mega contract for supply of LRSAM Air & Missile Defence systems -- the marine version of the AMD system Barak 8 -- for seven ships of the Indian navy. The contract was entered with state-owned company Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) which serves as the main contractor in the project. The LRSAM system, part of the Barak 8 Family, is an operational AMD system used by Israel's navy as well as by India's navy, air and land forces. It provides broad Aerial and point defence against a wide range of threats to the marine arena from the air, sea or land. The system integrates several advanced state-of-the-art systems as, digital radar, command and control, launchers, interceptors with modern RF seekers, Data link and system-wide connectivity. "We thank our partners in India and BEL for their choice of IAI in a project that best reflects the close technological cooperation between Israel and India. With this deal, the sales of the Barak 8 over the past few years total over $6 billion," Boaz Levi, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Systems, Missiles & Space Group, said in a statement. "This is another evidence of the capabilities of this advanced weapon system, which serves as a central growth engine for IAI. Barak 8 is an operational system that provides a full response to a range of threats, built to cooperate with other systems, it provides customers with operational flexibility for maximum effectiveness on the battlefield". Added Nimrod Sheffer, IAI CEO and President: "IAI's partnership with India dates many years back and has culminated in joint system development and production. India is a major market for IAI and we plan to protect and reinforce our positioning in India, also in view of increasing competition." Barak-8 AMD system was developed by IAI in collaboration with Israel's MOD, India's DRDO (Defense Research and Development Organization), the navies of both countries, IAI's ELTA Group, RAFAEL and local industries in India and Israel.