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Barak-8 Missile Launched Successfully

India on 20 September 2016 successfully test-fired the most advanced surface-to-air missile 'Barak-8' off the Odisha coast. 
•    The long-range nuclear capable ballistic missile, developed jointly with Israel, was launched from a mobile launcher at the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur in Balasore district.
•    The 4.5-meter missile weighs around 3 tonnes and can carry a payload of 70 kilograms. 
•    The system also includes a Multi-Functional Surveillance and Threat Alert Radar (MF STAR) for detection, tracking and guidance of the missile.
•    The missile swung into action after getting a signal from the radars to intercept a moving aerial target supported by an unmanned air vehicle ‘Banshee’ over the Bay of Bengal.
•    As a precautionary measure, Balasore district administration had made adequate arrangements to temporarily shift 3700 people residing within the 2.5 km radius. 
•    The fishermen were also asked not to venture into the sea during the launch.
•    Earlier between 30 June and 1 July 2016, the Barak-8 was successfully test fired twice.

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