- Mar 24, 2009
Source :Israel Aerospace Industries is showing a full-scale mockup of the Barak 8 surface to air missile (SAM) for the first time at the IMDEX maritime defense show, which opened in Singapore today. Being co-developed with India, Barak 8 is also destined to equip Israel's next missile frigates, possibly based on the US Littoral Combat Ship. (A mockup without the full-length missile was on show at Euronaval last fall.)
Key features of the 70 km-range Barak 8 missile are an active radar seeker and a dual-pulse solid rocket motor. The first motor pulse propels the weapon through most of its trajectory while the second fires as the missile approaches its target, giving it the energy necessary to defeat evasive action or random weaving. The active seeker means that the missile is autonomous in the endgame, leaving the ship's radar free to track other targets. The missile launcher comprises an eight-round module, three or more of which could make up a typical system.
Also new from IAI-Elta is the EL/M-2258 Alpha (advanced lightweight phased array) radar - visible behind the missile. It uses the same S-band transmit/receive modules as the four-face, static EL/M-2248 developed for the Barak 8 system, but is a single-face radar with both mechanical and electronic scanning in azimuth. It offers 360-degree, electronic-only and sector-scan options. This makes it lighter and more compatible with topweight limits on small ships.