Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) subsidiary ELTA Systems has received a contract to supply four ELM-2248 MF-STAR multi-function digital radars for installation on the Israeli Navy’s new Sa’ar 6-class corvettes.

The radars contract was awarded by the Systems Missiles and Space Group of IAI. The advanced MF-STAR radars, which will be installed on the ship’s masts in a new, box-like antenna configuration, are based on the latest active electronically scanned array (AESA) technology.

The Navy’s corvettes have been recently procured to support the country’s sea blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has been in place since 2007, and safeguard critical infrastructure, such as natural gas platforms against missiles, rockets and enemy aircraft.

IAI vice-president and ELTA CEO Yoav Tourgeman said: “ELTA is a long-time supplier of leading-edge radar systems to the Israeli Navy and Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).

“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.

"AESA technology offered by the MF-STAR radars has the ability to provide faster threat alert response time and better accuracy."

“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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The radar solution being offered by ELTA includes four conformal phased array S-Band antennas providing 360° coverage.

According to the IAI, the Navy opted for the MF-STAR as it is optimised for the design of the Sa’ar 6 vessel.

AESA technology offered by the MF-STAR radars has the ability to provide faster threat alert response time and better accuracy.

It also provides an optimal situational awareness picture (SAP) by enabling the Navy to simultaneously track multiple targets and different target-types.

Built by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, the Sa’ar 6-class vessels are based on the German MEKO 100 patrol corvette and are expected to offer enhanced attack capabilities.