Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has unveiled a new adaptive naval- and land-based air and missile defence solution centred on its family of Barak high-speed interceptors.
Barak-MX is a modular and scalable networked air/missile defence system that links various sensors, launchers and Barak effectors in a single architecture that can be scoped and optimised to meet specific customer mission requirements. IAI says that while it can provide all the required components for the system, Barak-MX can also integrate existing sensor and effector types that may already be within a user’s inventory.
“The heart of the Barak-MX system is the C2,” Boaz Levy, General Manager and Executive VP of IAI Systems, Missiles & Space Group told Jane’s . “One central battle management system that integrates sensors and effectors to match the shooter to the threat. It also allocates which specific system addresses a specific threat; ie, what interceptor type from what launcher: we call it Shoot What Is Needed (SWIN).
“Further, there is no need to operate the radar sensors for the Barak MX system to be operational; the air picture can be acquired from other sensors, and so the radars do not have to transmit: this offers improved survivability,” he added.
“Barak MX is essentially a building block solution. You retain the central C2 capability, but can add longer-range air defence sensors and Barak effectors to scale up the system.
“This enables the customer to build up their air defence network in blocks, which can be expanded to meet an evolving threat or mission requirement, and as budgets allow. So with Barak MX there is a growth path capability for all air defence requirements,” Levy said.
“We are also able to integrate any lower cost interceptor with the Barak-MX system if required, and we can allocate other effector types, eg, C-UAS [Counter-Unmanned Air Systems] effectors.”
Want to read more? For analysis on this article and access to all our insight content, please enquire about our subscription options at ihs.com/contact