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Israel’s Barak ER missile nails ballistic missile intercept

Barak Extended Range missile launching to intercept ballistic missile target
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Israeli defense technology company Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has detailed the recent series of trials of the Barak air and missile defense system, which included the interception of a ballistic target by the Barak ER (extended range) interceptor.

The Barak ER combines the capability to intercept airborne threats, including ballistic targets, at an extended range of 150 kilometers. The interceptor is part of IAI’s Barak air defense system family.

The extended range capability is made possible in part by adjusting the interceptor and MMR radar capabilities to a 150 km range, and can be fitted for both naval and land platforms.

The Barak ER interceptor tested in the trial series was taken directly from the company’s production line. The Barak ER launchers are capable of independently launching and managing any mix of interceptors without a dedicated command post on site, according to the company.

“The Barak is a modern yet mature, operationally proven system that maximizes the capabilities required to meet threats today, in particular, against ballistic targets. The system has both naval and land versions,” Boaz Levy, IAI’s President and CEO, said.

“The extensive firing trials to which the system was subjected under difficult land and sea conditions is the best proof of the system’s capabilities. The modular approach, and the smart launchers, fit customer demand for utmost flexibility on the battlefield and in procurement given budget constraints.”

Barak is already in service with Israel, India and Azerbaijan, for wide-area protection against a range of air, sea and ground threats, including ballistic, ground-to-ground, and cruise missiles, UAVs, and helicopters.