(From Reuters)

India successfully test-fired on Wednesday a new long range surface-to-air missile developed with Israel that is capable of countering aerial threats at extended ranges, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushes to enhance the country’s military capabilities.

Artist’s illustration of Barak 8 missile firing

India, which shares borders with nuclear-armed China and Pakistan, is likely to spend $250 billion over the next decade to upgrade its military.

It is the world’s biggest buyer of defense equipment but Modi is trying to build a defense industrial base in the country to cut overseas purchases.

The test-firing of the missile system was carried out by warship INS Kolkata, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

Defense Industry told Reuters last year that the value of the Barak 8 project was $1.4 billion. Read more

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