vina wrote:So what motor does the Israeli barak-8,the ones that they use and exported use? I suppose it is their own motor. Is it dual pulse as well?
Most likely it would be. They are already offering the Derby-ER with a dual pule motor. So they already have the technology for the same.
The Barak-8 JV is just like the Brahmos JV. DRDO probably volunteered to develop the dual pule solid rocket for the missile, as otherwise it would have a licensed manufacturing and not JV.
IAI does not need anything that DRDO has developed for Barak-8.
Its good though that DRDO took up the task of developing the dual pulse motor. It delayed the project, but we have gained a critical piece of technology.
Will the Akash NG be a ramjet powered missile or will it be a solid rocket fueled missile? If its going to be the later, then basically it is a completely new missile with only the name being Akash. Akash MK-II as was originally planned was supposed to just add about 10-15 Kms of additional range to the Akask, taking its range to about 40 Kms and adding a RF seeker. The missile was supposed to be radar guided just like the Akash-I, with the seeker taking over for the end game.
Now if it is going to have a solid dual pulse motor, then it will basically be our version of the Barak-8.
I guess we will know for sure only when DRDO reveals the actual specs and tests the missile.