South of Abu-Dhabi, Barak-8 missile batteries are spotted

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ABU DHABI ($1=3.67 UAE Dirhams) — The United Arab Emirates [UAE] has deployed anti-aircraft missile batteries south of the capital, Abu Dhabi. This was reported by several Middle Eastern online media, including Israeli and Iranian. A satellite image shows the Barak 8s are located at Al-Dharfa Air Base.

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Relations between the UAE and Israel have improved over the past 24 months. This allowed the Arabs to demand the acquisition of this particular missile system and Israel allowed it. The Israeli online portal Haaretz writes that the missile systems have a range of 70 km, which categorizes them in the range of medium-range missile systems [MR-SAM]. Barack 8 has a long-range version too [LR-SAM].

Haaretz writes that the “new acquisition of the Emirates” will protect it from Iranian ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and drones. recalls that Iranian-backed groups attacked infrastructure facilities on January 17 this year in the UAE. A few days after this attack, Haaretz wrote, “the UAE has secretly requested from Israel the delivery of the Barak-8”. However, learned about this “secret request” from its source in Israel’s Ministry of Defense and announced the news on February 7th.

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On February 7th, we also reported on another discussed anti-missile system, the Spyder. Israel later agreed to sell the UAE the Spider, which can intercept and destroy an aerial target at an altitude of 16 km and at a distance of 35 km.

Why Barak-8 missile?

Barak-8 is an Israeli-Indian surface-to-air missile. It is a product of the engineering cooperative between Israel Aerospace Industries and the Defense Research and Development Organization of India. The two countries are working together to develop Bharat Electronics in India and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems in Israel.

Barak-8 is a completely new development in its field, which after successfully passing several two-state tests, was officially presented in 2016, and in 2017 began its serial production.

Its operational feature is a media range missile for anti-aircraft, helicopters, drones, ballistic missiles, anti-ship missiles, fighters. The missile weighs 275 kg and carries a warhead of 60 kg.

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Barak-8 develops a maximum flight speed of Mach 3 and is powered by a two-stage smokeless pulse rocket engine. The characteristic of Barak-8 is that it is deployed very quickly, which is key in the UAE’s desire to counter almost immediately an air threat. It can intercept and hit targets up to 150 km.

Barak-8 can be launched from a ship or the ground, and in both cases the launch is vertical. However, one of its advantages, which is important for the UAE, is that Barak-8 has a two-way data connection and active RF / IIR seekers. Ie Barak-8 searches for air targets in two ways – direct communication with the radar transmitter or detection of infrared emissions of the target.


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