India successfully tests missile developed with Israel

India on Thursday successfully tested a surface-to-air missile co-developed with Israel from an eastern military base.

The medium-range missile (MR-SAM) was fired from a test range at Chandipur in the state of Orissa.

"The missile guided by a radar system and on-board avionics successfully hit a pilotless target aircraft," a Defence Ministry statement said.

The supersonic interceptor missile is designed to defend against any type of airborne threat, including aircraft, helicopters and missiles.

It was developed by the state-owned Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) in collaboration with the Israel Aerospace Industries for the Indian Air Force.

DRDO sources said the MR-SAM, reportedly with a range of 70 kilometres, is a version of the Long Range Surface to Air Missile (LR-SAM) or Barak-8. It is yet to get a name.

The LR-SAM, designed to protect ships and offshore rigs and with a range of up to 120 kilometres, was tested by the Indian Navy from a ship last December.

More tests of the missile will be conducted in the coming days. The missile system will start to be used by the Indian military after user trials.

Last update: Thu, 30/06/2016 - 15:11

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