Saturday, January 23, 2010

EXCLUSIVE: Barak-2/LRSAM First Flight This Year

The first flight test of the Rs 2606.02-crore Indo-Israeli Barak-2/LR-SAM air/point defence missile is scheduled to take place about seven months from now in August 2010. A "control and navigation flight test" of the LR-SAM is one of DRDO's targets for the year 2010. Sources indicate that the missile is currently undergoing simulated tests in Israel, which will be followed by in-loop simulations of the guidance system in Hyderabad from sometime in May. Israeli Navy chief Vice Admiral Elizer Marom and his Indian counterpart Admiral Nirmal Verma exchanged notes on the missile programme on January 19 during their official discussions in South Block. I'd broken the story in 2005/06 about the Barak-2 deal being signed, so it's going be be pretty cool watching the thing fly. More updates soon.


Anonymous said...

Any update on Prasun?and his whereabouts

Rajit said...

An LR SAM is an area defense and not a point defense weapon.

Anonymous said...

u got the wrong pic mate.
LR-SAM is a dual pulsed rocket motor which was developed by DRDO exclusively.

Shiv Aroor said...

this is the pic of the Barak-2/NG released by IAI.

Anonymous said...

They lifted the pencil shape of the Astra/Akash! :-)

Anonymous said...

Hi Shiv

As you are dealing with this Barak issue in your reports therefore pls try to clear out some confusion that is existing about Barak-2.

As per official reports, it seems that Navy Barak-2 is called LRSAM with a range of max 60km and JV costs of US$ 300-600 million

Further the Army/IAF Barak-2 is called MRSAM and has a range of 70km with a budget of US$ 2 Billion for 9 squadrons i.e. 18 Batteries (9x2)which has (9x2x3) 54 launchers and around 432 missiles.

Now per the "fanboys/rumours" the IAF missile is actually the enchanced version of Barak-2 with a booster with a range of 120-150m and another even longer range missile with a range of 350km is in works. Otherwise there was no reason for a seperate funding and time tables of Navy and IAF missiles.

Pls try to clarify this position in future reports

Thanx as usual for a interesting and informative report.