Israeli Navy Acquires IAI ELTA’s MF-STAR AESA Radars

Four ELM-2248 MF-STAR Multi-Function Digital Radars will be installed on the Navy’s Sa’ar 6-class corvettes

Credit: IAI

ELTA Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), was awarded a contract to supply the Israeli Navy with four ELM-2248 MF-STAR Multi-Function Digital Radars, based on Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) technology. The radars are to be installed on the new Sa’ar 6-class corvettes recently acquired by the Navy, tasked to protect Israel’s exclusive economic zone and secure its critical naval infrastructure, such as natural gas rigs, against missiles, rockets and enemy aircraft. 

The MF-STAR, to be installed on the ships’ masts, comprises four conformal phased array S-Band antennas providing 360° coverage. The Israeli Navy selected this version as it is optimized for the design of the Sa’ar 6 vessel.

AESA technology allows for faster threat alert response time, better accuracy, and the ability to simultaneously track multiple targets and different target-types thereby providing an optimal Situational Awareness Picture (SAP), IAI said in a release. When confronted by incoming threats, the radar rapidly provides relevant data to the entire weapon systems on board (such as gunnery systems and surface-to-air missiles), in order to deliver the proper response. Optical networking and antenna tile architecture make the system significantly lighter than similar radars, without reducing its capabilities and functionality, the Company adds.

“ELTA is a long time supplier of leading-edge radar systems to the Israeli Navy and the IDF,” said Yoav Tourgeman, IAI VP and CEO of ELTA. “The IDF has a long history of being a technology innovator when it comes to procuring the newest technologies, and the MF-STAR best fits that category. The MF-STAR was designed from the ground up with innovative and reliable technologies, based on our experience of over half a century of producing and deploying a vast array of radar systems.”

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