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IAI to equip Israeli Navy Sa'ar 6 corvettes with Barak MX Inteceptors


According to a press release published by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) on September 15, 2021, the Israeli company is integrating offensive and defensive systems, to enhance the 'Sa'ar 6' corvette's capabilities and usher the Israeli Navy into a new technological era, under the guidance of Israel's Ministry of Defense (IMoD) and the IDF.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Sa'ar 6 corvette INS Oz and INS Magen (Picture source: Ynet)


IAI's Barak MX interceptors along with IAI's complete naval combat suite will provide advanced defense systems to the Israel Navy’s Sa’ar6 corvettes. The systems will be used to protect Israel's exclusive economic zone and strategic facilities that face diversified threats in the marine arena. The Barak MX system was chosen after it was demonstratedto meet the operational requirements and future challenges faced by the Israeli Navy.

IAI's naval solutions are battle-proven naval systems and technology, IAI sets new standards for Maritime Domain Awareness, Naval Combat Systems, Network Centric Operation, EEZ Protection, and Coastal Security. From sensors and weapon systems to integrated systems-of-systems, IAI offers a broad portfolio of solutions to the requirements and challenges of today’s naval forces. These combat systems are designed to maximize and optimize the individual systems' performance and capabilities in a manner that will enable them to operate synergistically with efficiency and full effectiveness.

The Barak MX Air & Missile Defense System developed by IAI's is one of the world's advanced operational air defense systems, used by IDF naval forces and the Indian Land, Navy and Air Force. The Barak MX Air & Missile Defense System provides both wide-area and targeted defense capabilities to an array of threats, including: land, air and sea.

The system aggregates several key cutting-edge systems: digital radar, weapon control system, launchers, and a range of interceptors for different ranges with advanced homing devices, data-link communication and system wide connectivity. Developed by IAI, the Barak family includes various range interceptors- 35 km, 70 km, and 150 km, and combines the capability to intercept various air defense threats from naval and land platforms.

The Sa'ar 6-class corvette is a series of four German-made corvettes ordered for the Israeli Navy in May 2015.

The Sa'ar 6 has a displacement of almost 1,900 tons at full load and is 90 m (295 ft 3 in) long. It is armed with an Oto Melara 76 mm main gun, two Typhoon Weapon Stations, 32 vertical launch cells for Barak-8 surface-to-air missiles, 20 cells for the C-Dome point defense system, 16 anti-ship missiles (likely Gabriel 5), the EL/M-2248 MF-STAR AESA radar, and two 324 mm (12.8 in) torpedo launchers. It has hangar space and a platform able to accommodate a medium-class SH-60-type helicopter.