Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has been awarded a contract by the Israeli Ministry of Defence (MoD) to supply the Barak-8 weapon system for the Israeli Navy’s four future Magen-class corvettes.
Designated Sa’ar 6 in Israeli service, the new corvettes are being acquired under the provisions of an agreement between Israel and Germany that was finalised in May 2015. The contract for the Barak-8 system to equip the Sa’ar corvettes was awarded in early August by a team comprising the Israeli Navy and the Directorates of Defence Research and Development (DDR&D) and Production and Procurement (DOPP) within the MoD. The value of the contract, the number of missiles to be procured within the systems, and the system delivery timelines were not disclosed.
The Barak 8 system was selected following a series of successful demonstrations from an Israeli Navy Sa’ar 5 corvette, on which the Barak 8 long-range system is currently installed. However, the Barak 8 solution for the Sa’ar 6 corvettes will leverage IAI’s new Barak-MX concept: an adaptive naval- and land-based air and missile defence solution centred on its family of Barak high-speed interceptors.
“This contract essentially continues the effort on [the] Sa’ar 5 platform across to the new Sa’ar 6,” Boaz Levy, executive vice-president and general manager of IAI’s Systems, Missiles and Space Group, told Jane’s . “We are speaking in general terms about a similar upgraded system and the same range of effector, but utilising the networked and growth path concept of the Barak-MX solution as well as an extended range radar.”
The 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 and/or budget requirements. The core of the MX system is the command-and-control (C2) central battle management system that integrates a variety of sensors and effectors to match the shooter to the threat.
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