DAC Approves Barak Missiles For Naval Warships

Hello Defence LoversThe government approved procurement of a fresh batch of Barak surface-to-air missiles for Naval warships to enhance India’s maritime capability in view of the changing security dynamics in the Indian Ocean region. A meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, approved capital acquisition proposals totalling over Rs 860 crore, including for the purchase of Barak missiles.

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What Is Barak Missile ?
  • Barak Missile (the Hebrew word for Lightning) also known as LR-SAM or as MR-SAM is an Indian-Israeli surface-to-air missile (SAM).
  • It is designed to defend against any type of airborne threat including aircraft, helicopters, anti-ship missiles, and UAVs as well as cruise missiles and combat jets out to a maximum range of 70 km.
  • However, reports suggest the missile has been increased to a maximum range of 90 km following “range upgrade discussions” between India and Israel during November 2014.
  • Some news agencies have referred to the missile range at 100 km.
  •  Both maritime and land-based versions of the system exist.
  • Barak 8 was jointly developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), India’s Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), Israel’s Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure, Elta Systems, Rafael and other companies.
  • Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) will produce the missiles.
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Technical Specifications Of Barak Missile :
275 kg (606 lb)
4.5 m (180 in)
0.225/0.54 m
Proximity (60 kg warhead)

Two stage, smokeless pulsed rocket motor
0.94 m
0.5–90km,some media reports indicate a capability of 100km
Flight ceiling
0–16 km
Mach 2 (680 m/s)
Two way data link
Active RF/IIR seeker
8 cell VLS module
8 cell, double stacked land launcher
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According to Defence Ministry sources, the important proposals approved by the DAC include:
  • The missiles will be procured under ‘Buy Global’ category from Rafael Advance Defense Systems Limited of Israel at an approximate cost of around Rs 500 crore, defence ministry sources said.
  • Almost all ships of the navy will be equipped with these missiles.
  • The DAC, which is Defence Ministry’s highest decision making body for capital acquisition, also accorded Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) for procurement of equipment such as underwater robot to counter mines in the sea.
  • The equipment is being procured as a repeat order with ‘buy global’ categorisation at a cost of approximately Rs 311 crore.
  • It was the first meeting of the DAC after Jaitley took as defence minister on March 14.
  • At the meeting, Jaitley took stock of various procurement proposals and issued directions for close monitoring and expeditious clearance of pending capital acquisition cases.
  • He particularly asked for close monitoring of the proposals which are with CFA (Competent Finanancial Authority) and CNC (Contract Negotiation Committee).
  • The sources said DAC also reviewed several old proposals and gave instructions for their speedy processing.
  • The DAC also cleared procurement of ‘Expendable Bathythermograph Systems’, a small torpedo-shaped device that holds a temperature sensor and a transducer to detect changes in water temperature, for the Indian Navy which will be acquired from the US.
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