Israeli Barak air defense missile system is deployed in United Arab Emirates
According to information published by the "Tactical Report" website on October 28, 2022, the Israeli Bark air defense missile system is now deployed with the United Arab Emirates armed forces and they would have already been used to intercept Hezbollah drones.
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The satellite image published on the Tactical Report website shows two Barak launch modules and an Elta EL/M-2084 radar.
Satellite images were published on the "Tactical Report" website showing an Israeli-made Barak air defense missile system deployed near Al-Dhafra airbase, south of Abu-Dhabi. According to military analysis, the images show Barak missile launch modules and Elta EL/M-2084 radar.
At this time, there is no information on the sale of Barak air defense missile systems to the UAE (United Arab Emirates) armed forces.
Citing information published by the International Press Agency Reuters in September 2023, Israel has approved the sale of Israeli Spyder air defense missile systems. The request was approved in the middle of the summer this year. Other sources said the UAE had acquired Israeli technology capable of combating drone attacks like those that struck Abu Dhabi earlier this year.
With the involvement of the UAE in the war in Yemen, the country has faced several drone attacks from Houthi rebels. In January 2022, the Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for what UAE officials described as a drone and missile attack on Abu Dhabi that killed three people at the facilities of state oil firm ADNOC.
The UAE is equipped with THAAD and Patriot PAC-3 air defense missile systems, but the use of a missile of this type is very expensive to destroy a drone costs a few hundred Euros. The second problem, drones are very small and it is difficult for a missile to detect this type of threat.
Due of their small size, the drones aren’t picked up by radar which is the first action of an air defense missile system before launching a missile for the destruction of the threat.
The Barak is an air defense missile system jointly developed by the Israeli companies Rafael and IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries). The system has been designed to detect and destroy any flying target
(Sea-skimming missiles, diving missiles, helicopters, and both subsonic and supersonic aircraft). Due to its unusually heavy warhead, it also has an attack capability against small ships, UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), and other targets.
The Barak missile launcher unit consists of eight ready-to-launch missile container launchers. The missile has a maximum speed of Mach 2 with a maximum operational range of 70 km.
Barak unit can be connected to a modern air-defense system and multi-function surveillance track and guidance radars, such as the EL/M-2248 MF-STAR AESA on board the Kolkata-class destroyers offering the capability to simultaneously engage multiple targets during saturation attacks.