|Type||Short range surface-to-air missile|
|Place of origin||Israel|
|Manufacturer||Israel Aerospace Industries &|
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems
|Mass||98 kg (216 lb)|
|Length||2.1 m (6.9 ft)|
|Diameter||170 mm (6.7 in)|
|Warhead||22 kg (49 lb) blast fragmentation warhead|
|Wingspan||685 mm (27.0 in)|
|0.5–12 km (0.3–7.5 mi)|
|Flight altitude||5.5 km (18,000 ft)|
|Maximum speed||Mach 2.1 (720 m/s (1,600 mph))|
|Radar CLOS guidance|
The Barak SAM system is designed to replace or complement gun-based CIWS platforms, such as the Phalanx CIWS, with a more flexible and longer-range SAM. The missiles are mounted in an eight cell container (which requires little maintenance) and are launched straight up. The Barak SAM system's launcher uses a compact vertical launching system, with an 8-cell module weighing 1,700 kg (3,700 lb). Fire control is provided by an equally compact C3I system that weighs 1,300 kg (2,900 lb), which can either operate independently or in conjunction with other on-board sensors. Its C3I radar system provides 360-degree coverage and the missiles can take down an incoming missile as close as 500 metres (1,600 ft) away from the ship. Each Barak system (missile container, radar, computers and installation) costs about $24 million. The system is designed to defend against aircraft and anti-ship missiles, including sea-skimming missiles.
The alleged Indian Barak missile purchase controversy was mainly due to allegations of defense industry corruption, and also due to allegations that the deal was over-priced and processed on a single-tender basis.
On 23 December 2013, India's Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) headed by Defense Minister AK Antony cleared a second order of 262 Barak-I missiles for ₹880 crore (US$117 million).
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