WATCH: Navy carries out first successful interception test of Barak 8 ship defense missile

The Israel Navy and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) carried out the first successful interception test of the next generation Barak 8 missile system on Thursday, which is designed to protect naval ships and offshore gas rigs from hostile aircraft, missiles, and rockets.

In the test, the navy’s INS Lahav, a Sa’ar 5 class corvette, positioned just south of Haifa, launched a Barak 8 missile from its deck, striking and destroying a jet powered, fast moving drone at 7 am.

It was the first time that the missile launched from a ship deck, Brig.-Gen. Eli Sharvit, chief of navy staff, told reporters.


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