Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) subsidiary ELTA Systems and German defence firm Hensoldt have signed an agreement to jointly produce radar systems for ballistic missile defence.

Under a joint strategic cooperation agreement, the two companies will also partner on projects covering air and space surveillance.

As part of this, Hensoldt and ELTA have first offered the German Navy a long-range radar for use on its F124 Sachsen-Class frigates.

IAI vice-president and ELTA CEO Yoav Turgeman said: “IAI sees the collaboration with Hensoldt as a significant step forward in advancing its radar operations in Europe and leveraging its technological expertise accumulated over decades in air defence and space missions.

“The proven capabilities of radar systems for ballistic missile defence in Israel and worldwide will help Germany to achieve its operational goals. We have identified a growing need for advanced early warning radar systems that provide a detailed real-time aerial image to facilitate the selection of appropriate defence measures.”

The cooperation agreement will see IAI provide its technical expertise in the defence systems development and manufacturing against ‘long-range ballistic missiles’.

Further, Hensoldt will be responsible for producing the core components and the entire assembly of the radar systems.

Hensoldt CEO Thomas Müller said: “As the German champion for military sensor solutions, we will contribute our extensive technical know-how in the field of radar systems in our cooperation with IAI and are pleased to make an important contribution to the Bundeswehr’s capability expansion.

“Due to our manufacturing capacity in Germany and our long-standing cooperation with the Bundeswehr, we offer reliable, responsive logistics support and a wide range of options for mission-oriented further development.”

Hensoldt supplies advanced radar systems to the German Navy. These radars are used on the K130 corvette and the F125 frigate, which recently came online.

In October, ELTA Systems and Hensoldt Optronics announced a partnership on an integrated communication and surveillance (ICS) system for submarines.