Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) said Tuesday that it is integrating offensive and defensive systems into the Israeli Navy's new Sa'ar 6-class corvettes to enhance their capabilities and usher the Israeli Navy into a new technological era under the guidance of the Ministry of Defense and the IDF.
IAI's Barak MX interceptors along with IAI's complete naval combat suite will provide the corvettes with advanced defense systems, which will be used to protect Israel's exclusive economic zone and strategic facilities that face diverse threats in the maritime domain. The Barak MX system was chosen after it demonstrated its ability to meet the operational requirements and future challenges of the Israeli Navy, according to IAI.
The Barak MX Air & Missile Defense System, one of the world's most advanced operational air defense systems, is used by IDF naval forces as well as the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force. The system provides both wide-area and pinpoint defense against an array of threats from land, air and sea. It consists of several key cutting-edge systems: digital radar, a weapon control system, launchers, and a range of interceptors for different ranges with advanced homing devices, data-link communication and system-wide connectivity. IAI's Barak family of interceptors have ranges of 35 km, 70 km, and 150 km, according to the company.
Boaz Levy, President and CEO of IAI, said "The combat and air defense systems installed on the Sa'ar corvettes represents the significant tier now being integrated on the rest of Israel’s air defense array, an integral aspect of IAI’s system wide naval solutions. With land and naval modules, the system provides a complete response to a wide range of threats and is developed to work with other systems. IAI's air defense systems boast successful, combat proven operational experience and we are proud to be the home of the Israeli Navy’s systems."