The Indian Navy (IN) will begin equipping its frontline warships with the Israeli Barak-8 air-defence missile system by the end of 2015, official sources said.
This move follows the successful test firing of the missile in Israel in November 2014. The Barak-8 has been under development by Rafael-Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) since 2006.
The state-owned Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) will series-produce the 70 km-range Barak-8, with 32 missiles to be initially fitted onto INS Kolkata , the locally designed Project 15-A guided missile destroyer that was commissioned in July 2014.
Thereafter, it will arm INS Kochi and INS Chennai , the two follow-on destroyers