New Delhi: The Indian Navy on Tuesday test-fired the Barak 8 long range surface to air missile (LRSAM) for the first time from an Indian warship, after its successful test from an Israeli naval platform last month.
Tests of the LRSAM system, jointly developed by the DRDO and IAI Israel, started on Tuesday from INS Kolkata, and will continue on Wednesday, the Indian Navy said.
“IN (Indian Navy) gears up for the maiden firing of Long Range Surface2Air msl 4m INS Kolkata… (sic),” navy spokesperson Captain D.K. Sharma tweeted.
The LRSAM system has been jointly developed by the DRDO and IAI Israel.
The system is to be deployed as the major missile system on the largest indigenously-built warship, INS Kolkata, which was inducted into the navy last year.
In November, the missile was successfully test-fired for the first time from an Israeli naval platform.
The LRSAM program consists of missiles, weapon control system, MFSTAR (radar), vertical launcher unit and two-way data link.
It will also be deployed on other naval ships, including the recently commissioned INS Kamrota. (IANS)
India successfully tests the Agni-V ballistic missile on Thursday
This was the fifth test that missile underwent
With this success India is now in ranks with US, UK, China and Russia
India on Thursday successfully test fired its indigenously developed intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-V — the most potent and with the longest range in the Agni series – that can reach targets as far as Beijing.
The test took place at the Abdul Kalam Island facility off the Odisha coast. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted about its success, congratulating its makers DRDO, the armed forces and the defence industry.
She said the successful test of the 5,000-km-range missile that can carry a one-tonne warhead, was “a major boost to the defence capabilities of our country”.
“The Made in India canistered missile, having three stages of propulsion, was successfully test fired,” she tweeted.
Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the Agni-V is the most advanced version of the Agni series, part of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme that started in the 1960s.
The missile was earlier tested successfully in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016.
This was the fifth test of the missile and likely to be its first user trial, though there was no official word on it.
Thursday’s test brings the missile closer to its induction in the tri-service Strategic Forces Command.
The missile has a much longer shelf life, with its container being made of special steel that absorbs the blast of the takeoff.
In the canisterised launch, a gas generator inside ejects the missile up to a height of about 30 metres. A motor is then ignited to fire the missile.