Israeli IAI Successfully Test Fires Barak ER Missile Interceptors

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has completed a series of successful live firing trials with the Barak Air Defense System. The trials tested the system’s capabilities in a range of scenarios and threats, including the interception of an assaulting ballistic target by the Barak ER (extended range) interceptor.

The Barak ER missile, developed by IAI, combines the capability to intercept air defence threats at a long range of 150 kilometres and ballistic targets as part of IAI’s Barak interceptors’ family of various ranges. The extended range capability is made possible in part by adjusting the interceptor and MMR radar capabilities to a 150 km range. The vertically launched missile includes a booster, a dual-pulse rocket motor, and an advanced radar homing seeker.

The BARAK ER Interceptors have vertical launch capabilities supporting 360° coverage, quick reactions, short minimal ranges and an active high-end RF seeker for targets with low radar cross-sections and high maneuverability. Barak (Hebrew: ברק‎, lightning) is an Israeli surface-to-air missile designed to be used as a ship-borne point-defense missile system against aircraft, anti-ship missiles, and UAVs. The Barak system is designed to replace or complement gun-based CIWS platforms, such as the Phalanx CIWS, with a more flexible and longer-range missiles.

Boaz Levy, IAI president and CEO, said, “the evolution of airborne threats across the globe, combined with geopolitical changes, requires an advanced, agile, and versatile air defence system. The Barak system was operationally proven against countless threats, including some of the most challenging ones today. The trial series we completed today enhances the proven capabilities against wider range of threats. The successful trial further demonstrates the robustness of the Barak system’s based on IAI’s innovation, technological capabilities and decades of experience in developing air defence systems. The combination of several interceptors in a unified launcher and the inherent modularity of the Barak system provide an optimal response for the future battlefield, offering the forces unprecedented operational agility and flexibility.”

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IAI is an aerospace and defence company innovating and delivering state-of-the-art technologies in space, air, land, naval, cyber & homeland security for defence and commercial markets.  Combining the “Start-up Nation” spirit of innovation with decades of combat-proven experience, IAI provides customers with tailor-made, cutting-edge solutions to the unique challenges they face including satellites, UAVs, missiles, intelligence solutions, weapon systems, air defence systems, robotic systems, radars, business jets, aerostructures, and more. Established in 1953, IAI is one of Israel’s largest technology employers with offices and R&D centres in Israel and abroad.

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