KRAS (Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems) has signed a $100m order with Rafael Advanced Defence Systems to manufacture 1,000 Barak 8 missile systems for the Indian Armed Forces.
KRAS is a joint venture between Israeli state-owned Rafael Advanced Defence Systems and Indian defence company Kalyani Strategic Systems with Rafael investing heavily in facilities and life-cycle support in India.
KRAS will hire an extra 300 personnel by 2023 in part to support further contracts.
The Barak 8 surface-to-air missile (SAM) is intended for use against a variety of threats including aircraft, UAVs and ballistic missiles. It was developed by India’s Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Israel’s Israel Aircraft Industry (IAI).
Rafael Advanced Defence Systems head of air defence systems Pini Yungman said: “We at Rafael are proud of our role – not only in KRAS – but also of our participation in Make-in-India, and our strong relationship with the vibrant talent across India.
“As we mark the end of this project, we look forward to celebrating many more milestones with KRAS, as well as with our many other partners in India.”
Kalyani chairman Baba Kalyani added: “This order is a testimony to the capabilities that exist in the country and how they can be utilised to truly achieve the aim of ‘Make-in-India’.
Kalyani Group is immensely proud of this achievement and our association with Rafael. We are confident in our ability to realise many more such orders.”
The Barak 8 missile system is used by the Indian, Israeli and Azerbaijani Armed Forces with the missile also being tested by the Polish Navy. The 4.5mlong missile can reach a speed of Mach two and comes in land and maritime variants.
Early versions of the missiles began flight tests 2010, with the Barak 8 being tested successfully tested in 2014.
Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has worked with Indian companies on multiple occasions leading to $250m of investment in India by the company.