by Ryan Maass
New Delhi (UPI) Jan 01, 2016
The Indian Navy test-fired the jointly-produced Indo-Israeli long range surface-to-air missile from a Kolkata-class destroyer.
The Indian Ministry of Defense calls the test a milestone achievement for their program, which seeks to arm all major naval warships with the missile, also known as Barak-8, Defense News reports.
"The firing was undertaken on the Western Seaboard by INS Kolkata, wherein the missile successes fully intercepted an Aerial Target at extended ranges," the Indian Ministry of Defense said in a statement.
The missile, tested last year from an Israeli warship, was developed by India's Defence Research and Development Organization, Israel Aerospace, and a number of other organizations including Israel's Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure, Elta Systems, Rafael, and others, according to Times of India.
Barak-8, commissioned in 2006, has a range of 43 miles and is designed to protect naval ships from enemy aircraft, rockets and other missiles. When launched, the missile uses data received from an integrated radar system to predict the incoming threat's path, and intercept the target.
Officials initially planned to induct the missile in 2012, and have made no comment on the delay.
Iranian navy test fires rockets near US carrier
Though the rockets were not fired toward any ship, their proximity to the warships -- and several commercial vessels -- sparked concern.
"We look at this firing so close 0to the ships as highly provocative," said the military official, who was not immediately authorized to be named.
The official confirmed details of an NBC News report that said one rocket came within about 1,500 yards (meters) of the USS Truman as it transited the Strait of Hormuz.
A French frigate and the USS Bulkeley destroyer were also in the area.
The incident took place on December 26, shortly after the Iranian navy had announced via radio it was about to conduct a live-fire exercise and warned ships to steer clear.
The official said the unguided rockets were fired from an Iranian navy "fast inshore attack craft" that was in Omani waters.
The Western vessels did not need to take evasive action, the official said.
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