ELTA Systems Strengthens Its Activity in the Field of Coastal Protection

IAI’s subsidiary will upgrade coastal surveillance systems in Italy, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados

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ELTA Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), has won several contracts to upgrade national coastal surveillance systems and provide radar systems to off-shore oil rigs.

The company announced that it was contracted by the Ministry of National Security of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to provide a full system upgrade and additional features and capabilities to the national Coastal Surveillance System. The contract also includes a three-year maintenance agreement. 

The system, which provides comprehensive Maritime Situational Awareness (MSA) picture and surveillance capabilities against maritime threats, was initially deployed in 2008 and covers the islands of St. Vincent, St. Lucia, and Grenada as well. 

According to a statement released by IAI, the system includes a National Coastal Surveillance Radar Center (NCSRC), radars, EO cameras, Automatic Identification System (AIS), meteorological sensors and other supporting infrastructure. 

The key sensor in the system is ELTA’s ELM-2226 Advance Coastal Surveillance Radars (ACSR) which detects all types of targets on the surface of the sea even under adverse sea conditions. The radars can automatically detect and track more than 900 targets.

The ELM-2226 has a detection range of 20 nautical miles for rubber boats, 60 nautical miles for patrol craft and up to the radar horizon for large ships, IAI said.

Since its deployment, the system has “achieved a successful operational record in preventing illegal activities from reaching the shores of the nation,” IAI said.

The new contract, which the company says “provides a substantial improvement” to the system includes upgrade of the Command and Control software, computers and servers and maintenance for the whole system. 

ELTA was also awarded a contract to upgrade and provide additional features and capabilities to the Integrated Coastal Surveillance System belonging to the Government of Barbados. Like in neighboring Trinidad and Tobago, the system was deployed in 2008, and the contract will include upgrades to sensors, computers, and servers as well as the Command and Control software including the communication network.

One of the features in the upgrade will be the capability to transmit a Maritime Situational Awareness picture from the National Command and Control Center (NCCC) to the coast guard vessels in real-time. 

The company will also be supplying the ELM-2226 Advance Coastal Surveillance Radars (ACSR) to protect Mexican off-shore rigs and energy platforms after it was awarded the contract by Grupo KABAT, which provides high-end security solutions for governmental and commercial institutions in the Latin American country. 

The contract will see the company supplying and deploying several radars and linking them to a central Command and Control (C2) center. The radar managed remotely from a central C2 center, and require a minimum crew to operate them.

“Protecting national assets was set as a high priority by the current Mexican government, and among these assets, the country’s off-shore oil rigs rank high in importance,” IAI said.

On March 31, ELTA announced it had been awarded a contract by Italy's Guardia di Finanza, valued at approx. $10 million, to replace the company’s ELM-2226 coastal surveillance radars, which have been monitoring the nation’s coasts since 2001.

The service’s satisfaction with the radars’ overall performance and reliability convinced them to replace their current installation with the newest generation of staring persistent surveillance radars, the company stated.

“ELTA has invested R&D effort in improving our sensor technology and system capabilities for protecting a sovereign’s coastline. This resulted in ELTA producing a variety of specialized and innovative products utilizing the latest technologies that are flexible and adaptable to our customers’ unique requirements. We are very grateful to (the) Guardia di Finanza for their support and selecting ELTA again as their supplier,” said ELTA CEO, Yoav Turgeman.

 

[Sources: The Jerusalem Post, Monch]

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