Skip to comments.India's Most-Advanced Warship to Get the Missiles That Were Missing
Posted on 02/05/2015 10:17:18 AM PST by sukhoi-30mki
The Barak 8 is a long range surface to air missile
NEW DELHI: When the Indian Navy commissioned its most-advanced warship eight months ago, the INS Kolkata was missing its primary weapon system - the Barak 8 long range surface to air missiles, 32 of which were meant to be carried onboard in ready-to-fire mode. NDTV has learned that the Barak 8 missile has cleared all its tests and is ready for induction.
The missile, designed to intercept incoming anti-ship missiles at a range of at least 70 kilometres, has been made in partnership with Israel, where it has successfully completed trials, and will be refitted on the INS Kolkata in either April or May, said sources.
The missile will simultaneously be fitted on board the INS Kochi, the sister ship of the INS Kolkata, which will soon be commissioned and subsequently, on the last ship of the class, the INS Chennai.
The Barak 8, which has been co-developed with Israel, features an advanced target tracking system designed by an Israeli company, and a rocket motor built in India. The missile is being manufactured at Bharat Dynamics Limited, a government-owned enterprise based in Hyderabad that is also supplying the Army and Air Force with the indigenous Akash surface-to-air missile system.
The Barak 8 is considered a game-changer for the Indian Navy because it adds a world-class system designed to destroy any anti-ship missile launched by the Pakistani or Chinese Navies. Key to the Barak 8's ability to intercept incoming missiles is the Israel-made MF-STAR radar system which is capable of simultaneously tracking hundreds of airborne targets to a range of more than 250 kilometres.
(File photo of INS Kolkata)
The Kolkata class destroyers have been designed to escort India's aircraft carriers, the INS Vikramaditya, the indigenously built INS Vikrant (still under construction), the old INS Viraat (still in service) and ultimately the INS Vishal, a 60,000 ton carrier which is still in the design phase.
The Barak 8-12.................
So the enemy fires 33 missiles. Or 32 cheap decoys followed by the real missile.
Better to destroy the first 32 than none at all.
Better to have 6 bullets in your pistol than have none at all, even if the intruder has 7.
Is that one of those sea-skimming SS-N-22’s the Russians sell?
That being said, one element of the modern navy is to serve as a sort of trip-wire. If the enemy succeeds in taking out one of your big ships, then the war goes up a notch or two, and governments start talking seriously about using nukes. I don't think the US really talks about doctrine, but the standard thinking seems be: we lose a carrier, you lose a city.
India has nukes. And a billion people. No one wants to make India mad.
The Indian Navy is counting on a Barak to protect them? Good luck with that!!!
It’s the Yakhont, aka Onyx. Russian built, yes.
Its things like that which make me glad I’m not in the Navy anymore... area denial weapons.
I know the Russians sold some to China along with Sovremenny destroyers that use them, and some to Syria (Bastion system).
Expect Russia to eventually provide them to Iran as an extended middle finger to the West over sanctions.
I don’t know what defense we have against these, but I’ve been told the Phalanx can shred them. But when something’s coming at you that fast and that close, even if you hit it, pieces and large chunks will still arrive. Here’s hoping something better has been developed.
We haven’t poured (successfully) money into compact lasers and rail guns for nothing :-)
SeaRAM is an anti-ship missile defence system designed and manufactured by Raytheon. It offers improved ship self-defence and extended keep-out range capabilities in hostile combat environments.
The weapon system allows naval vessels to effectively engage high-performance, supersonic and subsonic threats including sea-skimming, anti-ship missiles, high-speed incoming vessels, rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters and other surface targets.
SeaRAM is an evolution of the MK15 Phalanx close-in weapon system (CIWS), which entered service in 1980.
Iran is getting something if they give Russia a naval base at the mouth of the Persian Gulf
A point repeatedly ignored here by the CIWS junkies that believe it infallible.
As I understand it, only the critical electronic spaces of moder US ships have any armor at all, the rest is thin aluminum. Not what you want to hide behind in a hail of Mach 2 shrapnel.