The Israel Missile Defense Organization, part of the Ministry of Defense, has delivered to the U.S. Army, for the first time, Multi-Mission Radars (MMRs) manufactured by ELTA Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).
The delivery was carried out under an agreement signed by the US and Israel in August 2019 for the procurement of two Iron Dome Defense System batteries, which contain the MMRs. On September 30 of this year, the first radar was officially handed over to the U.S. Army. The second radar will follow shortly. The MMRs delivered within the framework of the agreement are to be deployed for the defense of US troops against a variety of ballistic and aerial threats.
The Israel Missile Defense Organization is part of the Defense Ministry's Directorate of Defense R&D.
Widely deployed and operationally integrated by partners around the world, the MMR has evolved over the years to offer capabilities for air surveillance, air defense, hostile artillery location and friendly fire ranging, IAI says.
The modern battlefield has essentially evolved over the last few decades as aerial threats have become more versatile. The ability to take defensive measures has become a high priority challenge. In addition, radars can no longer focus on specific, single missions, but rather must be utilized in multiple, simultaneous operations. In order to address these challenges, ELTA has developed a state-of-the-art system - the MMR radar. The combat-proven MMR provides air surveillance and defense capabilities with advanced 3D Active Electronically Steered Array (AESA) antenna technology. The MMR detects the adversary's weapon locations and calculates Impact Point and Launch Point in real time, while simultaneously identifying friend or foe. For rapid maneuvering purposes the MMR can be transported on a single vehicle, according to IAI.
Yoav Tourgeman, IAI VP and CEO of ELTA, said "The MMR radar is operational in Israel and other countries. We are proud to supply our most advanced systems to our allies, the US Army. The MMR radar addresses a broad range of needs, by locating and tracking incoming rockets and artillery shells, and by providing a comprehensive aerial situation assessment. The MMR radar will maintain our allies' military edge. The demand for mobile, combat-proven MMR systems is on the rise."