Barak Missiles Installed on INS Vikramaditya

IAS Prelims 2023

Aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya successfully carried out the maiden test of the newly installed Barak short range surface-to-air missile.

During the firing carried out in the Arabian Sea, the missile was fired against a live, low-flying, high-speed target. The target was successfully engaged and destroyed.

The 44,500 tonne carrier was commissioned into the Navy in November 2013 at Severodvinsk in Russia and was originally scheduled to have the long range surface- to-air missile system under joint development with Israel. But delay in its development resulted in the carrier being inducted into the force without its own air defence system, and forcing it to rely on support ships in the carrier battle group for air cover.