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Army to get medium range surface-to-air missile by 2020

After years of wait, the Indian Army will finally get an advanced medium—range surface to air missile (MRSAM) system by 2020 which will be able to shoot down ballistic missiles, fighter jets and attack helicopters from a range of around 70 km.
The missile system will be produced by premier defence research organisation DRDO in collaboration with the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), a senior army official said.
The MRSAM system will be capable of shooting down enemy ballistic missiles, aircraft, helicopters, drones, surveillance aircraft and AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control Systems) aircraft, the official said on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
The current version of MRSAM is operational with the Indian Air Force and the Navy.
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has signed a Rs 17,000 crore deal with the IAI for the ambitious project.
The MR—SAM, a land—based version of the long—range surface—to—air missile (LRSAM) for the Navy, will have a strike range of up 70 km, the official said. The deal envisages 40 firing units and around 200 missiles.
“The MRSAM for Army’s Air Defence is an advanced all weather, 360 degree mobile land based theatre air defence system capable of providing air defence to critical areas against a wide variety of threats in a combat zone,” the official said.
The first set of missile system will be ready in the next three years, he said.
The Army has been pressing the government to enhance its aerial attack capability considering the evolving security challenges.
In May, the Army successfully test fired an advanced version of the Brahmos land—attack cruise missile in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The Indian Army, which became the first land force in the world to deploy the Brahmos in 2007, has raised several regiments of this formidable weapon.
In May 2015, the Army had inducted the indigenously— developed supersonic surface—to—air missile Akash which is capable of targeting enemy helicopters, aircraft and UAVs from a range of 25 km.
The Army thinks procurement of the MRSAM will mark a paradigm shift in its strike capability.

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Dr Ajay Kumar, Secretary (Defence Production) inaugurated additional integration facility for production of Long Range Surface to Air Missiles (LRSAM) at BDL, Kanchanbagh Unit, Hyderabad.

 

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IAI has launched a modular air defence system that draws on its experience with the Barak missile family. Known as Barak-MX, the new system takes a modular and scalable approach, linking sensors, launchers and effectors into a system that can be tailored and sized to meet air defence needs. While IAI can provide all of the necessary elements from the company’s portfolio, the Barak-MX can work with radar and effector types from other sources, and which may already exist within a country’s inventory.

At the heart of Barak-MX is a central command and control battle management centre that has advanced systems that match shooter to threat. To this central core can be added a range of air defence sensors and effectors to scale up the system. This allows an air defence network to be built up in blocks, expanding as needs arise and budgets allow. The system is equally applicable to land- and sea-based systems, and can integrate the two into one network.

In terms of effectors, IAI offers three missiles based on the Barak 8: the Barak MRAD with a single-pulse engine giving a range of up to 35km, dual-pulse Barak LRAD for engagements of up to 70km, and Barak ER. Development of the dual-pulse 150km Barak ER weapon is currently under way. The weapon has an additional booster motor that increases its length, and also that of the required launcher. Further tests are planned for the remainder of the year, and IAI suggests it could be ready for production in about a year.

Although these vertical-launch interceptors – or their equivalents – cover the core of the Barak-MX requirement, functions at either end of the engagement scale could be integrated, such as very short range/C-RAM systems at the lower end, and a BMD (ballistic missile defence) capability at the upper end.
 

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AFAIK, even the IAF's SPYDER-MRs are networked with the Barak.

I have a strong urge to be pedantic, but I'll just say this instead: what you're seeing there is half of what makes up CEC - data sharing - the ability to see through each others eyes. That's not especially new, most integrated air defence systems can do that (NASAMS, PATRIOT, S-XXX, AEGIS, and so on. Anti-ship missiles have long had that too, such as a Nansen acting as a spotter for JSM). It's what makes then, well, integrated. It's not an especially new concept, the Russian Navy's cruise missile relay system* is an older variant of the concept of data sharing for long-range strikes.

The second half of CEC is "Engage on Remote". Where a Nansen can control a JSM battery and launch a strike from off-shore with the radar of the NSM battery even knowing what it's firing at. Where an E-2D can order one hot-and-ready SM-6 against an inbound cruise missile, without the Burke even knowing it's under fire. Where a lurking Yasen can call in naval fire support against those pesky Swedes without needing to radio in coordinates. Combine the two - data sharing management and engage on remote - and viola! Cooperative Engagement Capability

I'm not sure that's what we're seeing here. Lots of modern systems have high levels of data sharing, many old ones did too. Others can command assets within their unit or battery, assuming they have a unified control system. Most anti-aircraft missiles and anti-ship batteries can do this. But few can do it with all-domain assets and that's what sets CEC apart. I'll dig into literature regarding Barak. I don't doubt Indian brass or Barak's capability to do so, I just haven't yet seen it demonstrated.

The video needs narration, fyi.

*Those two bolded links have their inaccuracies (now that I reread them I notice they've many), but they do an adequate job of explaining some concepts relevant here.

**Anyone seen Sven recently:unsure:? He's not around on the internet anymore, or at least anywhere I've been.

***Randomradio, if you've ever wondered why I like ragging on the Swedes here's why. 1) they're our neighbors who share a long history with us. 2). Sven's Swedish and I like making fun of him:p
 

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I have a strong urge to be pedantic, but I'll just say this instead: what you're seeing there is half of what makes up CEC - data sharing - the ability to see through each others eyes. That's not especially new, most integrated air defence systems can do that (NASAMS, PATRIOT, S-XXX, AEGIS, and so on. Anti-ship missiles have long had that too, such as a Nansen acting as a spotter for JSM). It's what makes then, well, integrated. It's not an especially new concept, the Russian Navy's cruise missile relay system* is an older variant of the concept of data sharing for long-range strikes.

The second half of CEC is "Engage on Remote". Where a Nansen can control a JSM battery and launch a strike from off-shore with the radar of the NSM battery even knowing what it's firing at. Where an E-2D can order one hot-and-ready SM-6 against an inbound cruise missile, without the Burke even knowing it's under fire. Where a lurking Yasen can call in naval fire support against those pesky Swedes without needing to radio in coordinates. Combine the two - data sharing management and engage on remote - and viola! Cooperative Engagement Capability

I'm not sure that's what we're seeing here. Lots of modern systems have high levels of data sharing, many old ones did too. Others can command assets within their unit or battery, assuming they have a unified control system. Most anti-aircraft missiles and anti-ship batteries can do this. But few can do it with all-domain assets and that's what sets CEC apart. I'll dig into literature regarding Barak. I don't doubt Indian brass or Barak's capability to do so, I just haven't yet seen it demonstrated.

The video needs narration, fyi.

*Those two bolded links have their inaccuracies (now that I reread them I notice they've many), but they do an adequate job of explaining some concepts relevant here.

**Anyone seen Sven recently:unsure:? He's not around on the internet anymore, or at least anywhere I've been.

***Randomradio, if you've ever wondered why I like ragging on the Swedes here's why. 1) they're our neighbors who share a long history with us. 2). Sven's Swedish and I like making fun of him:p

The way I saw it, it was the ship that provided fire control to the land based Barak, the targets at the ship's 10 o'clock. It's very likely those were sea skimmers and the land based radar wouldn't detect them.

I think Sven is on PDF, not here. The tagging feature does not detect the member name.
 

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IAI wins USD777 million contract to supply additional Barak-8 LRSAM systems for Indian Navy

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has secured a contract from Indian state-owned company Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for the supply of additional air- and missile-defence systems for the Indian Navy (IN).

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IAI announced on 24 October that it has secured a USD777 million contract to supply Barak-8 LRSAM systems for seven IN vessels. (IAI)

The USD777 million contract will see Barak-8 long-range surface-to-air missile (LRSAM) systems being provided for seven IN vessels, the company announced on 24 October.

IAI's statement comes after BEL announced on 5 September that it had been awarded orders worth INR92 billion (USD1.28 billion) from two Indian shipyards to supply seven Barak-8 (also known as Barak LR) systems to be fitted onto an equal number of frigates currently under construction for the IN.

BEL pointed out at the time that the orders were placed by Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilder Limited (MDL) and Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE).

Approval for the construction of the indigenously designed Project 17A frigates that will receive the LRSAM systems was granted by India's Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) in February 2015, with four of the multi-mission vessels set to be built by MDL and the remaining three by GRSE.

As Jane's previously reported, deliveries of the frigates are slated to commence with a pair of MDL-built hulls in August 2022 and February 2023, followed by hulls alternating from GRSE and MDL at six-month intervals until the last one is delivered by GRSE in August 2025.

In May 2017 BEL and IAI had signed a USD630 million deal for four LRSAM systems that are expected to arm the IN's three Project 15A guided-missile destroyers and eventually INS Vikramaditya , the IN's 44,750-tonne modified Kiev (Project 11430)-class aircraft carrier. Each platform is likely to be armed with 32 LRSAM missiles.
 

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IAI wins USD777 million contract to supply additional Barak-8 LRSAM systems for Indian Navy

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has secured a contract from Indian state-owned company Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for the supply of additional air- and missile-defence systems for the Indian Navy (IN).

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IAI announced on 24 October that it has secured a USD777 million contract to supply Barak-8 LRSAM systems for seven IN vessels. (IAI)

The USD777 million contract will see Barak-8 long-range surface-to-air missile (LRSAM) systems being provided for seven IN vessels, the company announced on 24 October.

IAI's statement comes after BEL announced on 5 September that it had been awarded orders worth INR92 billion (USD1.28 billion) from two Indian shipyards to supply seven Barak-8 (also known as Barak LR) systems to be fitted onto an equal number of frigates currently under construction for the IN.

BEL pointed out at the time that the orders were placed by Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilder Limited (MDL) and Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE).

Approval for the construction of the indigenously designed Project 17A frigates that will receive the LRSAM systems was granted by India's Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) in February 2015, with four of the multi-mission vessels set to be built by MDL and the remaining three by GRSE.

As Jane's previously reported, deliveries of the frigates are slated to commence with a pair of MDL-built hulls in August 2022 and February 2023, followed by hulls alternating from GRSE and MDL at six-month intervals until the last one is delivered by GRSE in August 2025.

In May 2017 BEL and IAI had signed a USD630 million deal for four LRSAM systems that are expected to arm the IN's three Project 15A guided-missile destroyers and eventually INS Vikramaditya , the IN's 44,750-tonne modified Kiev (Project 11430)-class aircraft carrier. Each platform is likely to be armed with 32 LRSAM missiles.
Are there any plans to indigenize Barak-8?
 

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IAI Enters $93 Million Worth of Follow-Up Agreements with India on Complementary MRSAM Systems

HAIFA, Israel --- Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced it has entered this week agreements worth $93 million for provision of Naval MRSAM (Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missile) systems.

The contracts were entered with the Indian Navy and Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL).

Under the contracts, IAI will provide complementary systems for the air defense system (ADS). They involve follow up orders for a range of maintenance and other services for various sub-systems of IAI’s advanced MSRAM ADS.

Last Thursday, the Indian navy, in collaboration with IAI, held an interception test aboard INS Chennai, which assessed for the first time potential collaboration between ships. The interception scenario, which was executed successfully, demonstrated how the operational force of the defense system can be doubled regionally, rather than topically.

Boaz Levi, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Systems, Missiles & Space Group said, “The follow-up orders provide additional evidence of the satisfaction and trust of our Indian partners in respect to the MRSAM family. The Thursday test demonstrated the advanced technological capabilities of the air defense system as well as our collaboration between IAI, its partners in India’s navy, the local Indian industry and our colleagues at IAI’s ELTA and RAFAEL. This is a badge of honor for the entire Israeli industry".

The MRSAM family is an operational air-defense system used by Israel's navy as well as by India’s naval, air and ground forces. It has been uniquely developed by IAI in collaboration with Israel's Ministry of defense, India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), RAFAEL, IAI’s Elta and additional industries in India and Israel.

To date, MRSAM achieved over $6 billion in sales. It provides broad as well as topical defense against a range of assault air, marine and ground threats. MRSAM comprises several key state-of-the-art systems, including a digital radar, command and control, launchers, and interceptors with advanced homing seekers.
 

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MRSAM operational configuration :

1. 4xLauncher vehicles (at the 4 corners)
2. 1xradar vehicle(middle)
3. 1xcommand and control centre vehicle(vehicle near the middle with a antenna)
4. 2xpower supply vehicle ( one each for radar and C2 vehicle )(behind and infront of the radar)
 

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Kalyani Rafael secures $100-mn order for Barak-8 missile kits

Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems Ltd has secured a $100-million order from Rafeal of Israel to supply 1,000 Barak-8 MRSAM missile kits for the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force.

KRAS, a 49:51 venture between Rafael Advanced Systems and Kalyani Strategic Systems Ltd, plans to develop these systems at the facility located near the international airport here. These systems would be supplied to Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL) for further integration.

Over the years, Rafael's collaboration with the Indian defence industry has led to investment of over $250 million as a part of the Make-in-India initiative.

Pini Yungman, Rafael Executive Vice-President and General Manager of the Air & Missile Defense Systems Division, said: “KRAS is the first private missile production facility in India to produce interceptors, missiles, besides deployment of defence systems and providing long-term maintenance of missiles and equipment.”

He said KRAS was committed to the operational readiness of the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force.

Baba Kalyani, Chairman of the Kalyani Group said, “This order is a testimony to the capabilities that exists in the country and how they can be utilised to truly achieve the aim of ‘Make in India’. We are confident of executing many more such orders.”

Second manufacturing facility
Baba Kalyani said the company plans to set up a second manufacturing facility to enhance its production capability, primarily to serve India and also to operate as an export facility for friendly neighbouring countries.

These countries were assured support during Nirmala Sitharaman's tenure as Defence Minister. They also get EXIM and finance support.

“We are seeking to set up the new facility on an 100-acre site in Telangana,” he said, to highlight the growing engagement of the company with the defence sector.

The Kalyani Group company, KSSL, has grown from being a traditional supplier of components and sub-systems to the Indian defence forces, to becoming a complete systems solutions provider, thus, enabling a dedicated and focussed approach in realising the aim of becoming a leading defence player in the world. During the Balakot air attack, some of these systems were deployed.

The KRAS unit is an advanced production facility offering engineering services and extended life-cycle support for systems supplied to the Indian defence forces. KRAS is expected to ramp up its employee strength to 300 technical experts by the year 2023.

During the interaction, Baba Kalyani said: “The facility near Hyderabad was set up in August 2017 and has now bagged a $100-million order. We plan to expand our facilities and capabilities as a systems integrator, while broadening the product range.”

The KRAS facility has been exporting defence systems and achieved business of $15 million last year. It expects to clock about $30 million by next year.
 

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Kalyani Rafael secures $100-mn order for Barak-8 missile kits

Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems Ltd has secured a $100-million order from Rafeal of Israel to supply 1,000 Barak-8 MRSAM missile kits for the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force.

KRAS, a 49:51 venture between Rafael Advanced Systems and Kalyani Strategic Systems Ltd, plans to develop these systems at the facility located near the international airport here. These systems would be supplied to Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL) for further integration.

Over the years, Rafael's collaboration with the Indian defence industry has led to investment of over $250 million as a part of the Make-in-India initiative.

Pini Yungman, Rafael Executive Vice-President and General Manager of the Air & Missile Defense Systems Division, said: “KRAS is the first private missile production facility in India to produce interceptors, missiles, besides deployment of defence systems and providing long-term maintenance of missiles and equipment.”

He said KRAS was committed to the operational readiness of the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force.

Baba Kalyani, Chairman of the Kalyani Group said, “This order is a testimony to the capabilities that exists in the country and how they can be utilised to truly achieve the aim of ‘Make in India’. We are confident of executing many more such orders.”

Second manufacturing facility
Baba Kalyani said the company plans to set up a second manufacturing facility to enhance its production capability, primarily to serve India and also to operate as an export facility for friendly neighbouring countries.

These countries were assured support during Nirmala Sitharaman's tenure as Defence Minister. They also get EXIM and finance support.

“We are seeking to set up the new facility on an 100-acre site in Telangana,” he said, to highlight the growing engagement of the company with the defence sector.

The Kalyani Group company, KSSL, has grown from being a traditional supplier of components and sub-systems to the Indian defence forces, to becoming a complete systems solutions provider, thus, enabling a dedicated and focussed approach in realising the aim of becoming a leading defence player in the world. During the Balakot air attack, some of these systems were deployed.

The KRAS unit is an advanced production facility offering engineering services and extended life-cycle support for systems supplied to the Indian defence forces. KRAS is expected to ramp up its employee strength to 300 technical experts by the year 2023.

During the interaction, Baba Kalyani said: “The facility near Hyderabad was set up in August 2017 and has now bagged a $100-million order. We plan to expand our facilities and capabilities as a systems integrator, while broadening the product range.”

The KRAS facility has been exporting defence systems and achieved business of $15 million last year. It expects to clock about $30 million by next year.
BDL is the main manufacturer in India for Barak 8, they will likely supply the kits to them.

Indian Army has as of yet placed orders for 200 missiles for 5 regiments. Means rest 800 are for IAF.
 
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Guys any news on the Barak-ER ? Its crucial that we have it considering the services are making great investments onto the Barak 8.
Money. IA and IAF both have severe shortage of funds and have to replace their Soviet Era Air Defence Systems. Both the service are very gradually placing orders to replace their SA6, S125 and OsaM inventories. So neither IA, nor IAF is looking to order ER version for next 5 years, so not really feasible for agencies to put in their megere resources on ER as of yet.
 

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So neither IA, nor IAF is looking to order ER version for next 5 years, so not really feasible for agencies to put in their megere resources on ER as of yet.
Wasn't the Navy going to be the first customer for the ER as was initially planned ?

Of course the initial plan envisaged the ER to go into the Vizag class destroyers, we know now that's not happening.