Israel’s Navy to begin installing defensive system to neutralize Russian Yakhont missile

 

Watch Video: The Barak 8 medium range missile is designed to intercept airborne threats, including enemy aircraft, UAVs, anti-ship missiles & incoming cruise missiles.

Defensive System could be operational on Israel’s Saar 5 missile boats within the coming months.

By Lilach Shoval

Israel’s Navy has begun installing a new defense system on its missile boats which would protect them from the feared Russian Yakhont anti-ship missile.
The Eilat class Sa'ar 5 corvette - Photo courtesy: globalsecurity

The Eilat class Sa’ar 5 corvette – Photo courtesy: globalsecurity

The Barak 8 medium range missile is designed to intercept airborne threats, including enemy aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, anti-ship missiles and cruise missiles. “History has never seen ships capable of controlling territory as well as Israel’s Navy using the Barak 8 missile,” according to a source familiar with the weapon.

The Barak 8 would provide Israeli naval craft with a defense against the Russian Yakhont missile, a potent anti-ship weapon which Israel sees a threat to its navy, especially if fallen into the hands of Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah. A Russian shipment of the Yakhont missiles was allegedly destroyed in Syria by Israel a few weeks ago.

Barak Missile Test- IDF Spokesperson’s Office

The navy has decided to install the Barak 8 systems on its Saar 5 missile boats for the time being. It is believed that the system will be operational on the boats within the coming months.

View original Israel Hayom publication at: http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=10989

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