On Thursday, India fired a new surface-to-air missile in a try-out, Times of India reported. The missile which was cooperatively developed with Israel, from a defence base off Odisha coast was a Barak-8, a medium range missile (MR-SAM).

A DRDO official revealed that the missile was fired from a mobile launcher in Chandipur’s Integrated Test Range (ITR), a Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO).

“The test launch was a grand success and it met all the targets,” he said.

The source also revealed that the missile included a Multi-Functional Surveillance and Threat Alert Radar (MF STAR) system for detection, tracking and guidance and ‘had the capability to neutralise any aerial threats along with the MF-STAR’.

Reports also flew in that the four-metre-long ballistic missile has the ability to strike a target within a range of 70 kilometres as well as cart a load of 60 kilograms.

A Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) scientist disclosed that the missile has been developed by the Indian Defence Research Development Laboratory (DRDL), a laboratory of DRDO based at Hyderabad, in collaboration with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).

Precautionary measures were taken at the time of the launch, the district administration had momentarily relocated 3,652 people who lived within 2.5 km radius of the blast-off site in Balasore district of Odisha. The fishermen from Balasore, Bhadrak and Kendrapada district were also asked to stay away from waters during the launch.

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