On target: Israel successfully tests ‘Barak 8’ missile

Israel conducted the first successful test of its 'Barak 8' missile, including the targeting and destruction of another missile, on Thursday afternoon off the coast of the central part of the country. The Barak 8, which contains some systems developed jointly with the Indian military, is intended to shoot down targets such as missiles, planes and drones, as well as defend offshore facilities such as oil or gas platforms. The 4.5-meter-long, 275-kilogram weapon has a maximum speed of Mach 2 and an effective range of 70 kilometers. Its radar, developed by Israel's ELTA Systems, can function in any weather. The latest test was the sixth in a series of previously-reported full tests since 2010.

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