Surface Forces: Barak Moves Forward



July 30, 2009: Israel successfully tested its improved Barak II missile. The firing took place from a Saar 5 class corvette, against an incoming missile, which was successfully destroyed. The Barak missiles cost of about $1.6 million, weigh 216 pounds each (with a 48 pound warhead) and have a range of ten kilometers. The missiles are mounted in an eight cell container (which requires little maintenance) and are launched straight up. The radar system provides 360 degree coverage and the missiles can take down an incoming missile as close as 500 meters away from the ship. Each Barak system (missile container, radar, computers and installation) costs about $24 million. The missile has a range of ten kilometers, and is also effective against aircraft.

Israel weapons have a solid reputation for reliability and effectiveness. Israeli success in several wars adds to the appeal of their armaments. U.S. and Israeli arms manufacturers often work together, which also gives Israel an edge when selling their equipment. The Barak has been exported to India, Chile, Singapore and Venezuela.

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