Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced Wednesday it has received a $93 million contract to supply long range surface-to-air missile defense systems for seven ships in the Indian navy. India’s state-owned Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) inked the deal with IAI, to provide additional equipment for the IN’s Barak-8 air- and missile-defence systems. The LRSAM system belongs to the Barak-8 family of air missile defense systems, which the Israeli navy uses on its vessels. The system includes a digital radar, command and control, launchers and interceptors with modern RF seekers. It delivers broad aerial and point defense against threats from the air, sea or land.
This latest deal comes a year after IAI signed a $2 billion to supply India’s army and navy with missile defense systems, followed by a $630 million contract to provide Barak-8 surface-to-air missile systems to four Indian navy ships. India’s DRDO Defense Research and Development Organization developed the Barak-8 AMD system in collaboration with IAI, Israel’s ministry of defense, each country’s naval forces and local companies in India. Barak-8-series missiles with a 70-km range are intended for fitment onto INS Vikrant , the 37,500-tonne aircraft carrier on order for the IN that is under construction at CSL and scheduled to begin sea trials in 2020.