- The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) of the Defence Ministry approved the purchase of Barak surface-to-air missiles (SAM) for the Navy.
- Barak are now installed on most of the front-line warships, including the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.
Basic Information: Barak Missile
- Barak : Is an Indian-Israeli surface-to-air missile (SAM), designed to defend against any type of airborne threat including aircraft, helicopters, anti-ship missiles, and UAVs as well as cruise missiles and combat jets out to a maximum range of 70 km.
- Both maritime and land-based versions of the system exist.
- Barak 8 was jointly developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), India’s Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), Israel’s Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure, Elta Systems, Rafael and other companies.
- Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) will produce the missiles.
About Defence Acquisition Council (DAC):
- The DAC is Defence Ministry’s highest decision making body for capital acquisition proposals forwarded by the Indian armed forces. It was set up in 2001 as part of the post-Kargil reforms in defence sector.
- It approves the long-term integrated perspective plan for the forces, accords acceptance of necessity (AON) to begin acquisition proposals, and grant’s its approval to all major deals through all their important phases.
- It also has the power to approve any deviations in an acquisition, and recommends all big capital defence purchases for approval of the Cabinet committee on security (CCS) headed by Prime Minister.
Source: THE HINDU