India’s public-sector company Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) announced on 5 September that it has been awarded orders worth INR92 billion (USD1.28 billion) from two Indian shipyards to supply seven Barak-8 (also known as the Barak LR) area-defence missile systems to the Indian Navy (IN). The systems are meant for installation onto seven frigates currently under construction.
It added that the orders, which were placed by Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilder Limited (MDL) and Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), have helped pushed BEL’s orderbook beyond INR500 billion for the first time.
The vertically launched Barak-8, which is also known in India as the Long-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (LRSAM), has been jointly developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) – in collaboration with Rafael Advanced Defence Systems, IAI/Elta, and various Indian companies.
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