The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has successfully completed the live-firing of the Barak anti-missile in the South China Sea as part of the annual cooperation afloat readiness and training (CARAT) exercise.

The missile, which was fired by the upgraded RSN missile corvette (MCV) RSS Valiant, successfully destroyed an air drone target.

Weapon systems (control) operator military expert 1 William Kang, who fired the missile, said, “this was a wonderful learning experience for me in exercising with personnel from the USN [United States Navy].”

Designed to be used as a point-defense missile system on warships, Barak is an Israeli surface-to-air missile (SAM) that can defend against aircraft, anti-ship missiles and UAVs.

Exercise CARAT is a series of annual bilateral military exercises conducted by the US Pacific Fleet with several member nations of ASEAN in south-east Asia and aims to improve regional cooperation and professional skills.