Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) subsidiary Elta Systems has been awarded contracts by two foreign customers for the delivery of ELM-2022A advanced multi-mode airborne maritime surveillance radar.

Under the two $35m contracts, Elta Systems will supply ELM-2022A radars for installation on the customer’s maritime patrol aircraft (MPA).

The multi-mode radar supports a wide range of military missions, including anti-surface warfare and anti-submarine warfare, and paramilitary missions such as exclusive economic zone (EEZ) protection, littoral warfare, fisheries areas protection, search and rescue, and anti-drug enforcement operations.

Featuring a modular hardware design, flexible avionics interfaces and in-house antenna design, the long-range radar allows easy installation on a wide variety of fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft, such as the P-3, C-130, C-295, B-200, B-350, Dornier 228, Dash 8-Q300, Challenger and UAV Heron aircraft.

Designed to meet military standards, the EL/M-2022A radar provides a cost-effective force-multiplier solution for operational missions and features Synthetic Aperture (SAR) and Doppler Beam Sharpening (DBS) imaging for enhanced surveillance in coastal areas.

Optimised for detection of small targets in adverse sea conditions, the maritime surveillance radar also enables air-to-air operational modes by sharing a high degree of commonality with the EL/M-2032 fire control radar.

The ELM-2032 radar system enhances weapons systems’ capabilities in air-to-air, air-to-ground and air-to-sea operations modes in addition to providing optimal mission performance support under all weather conditions.

Both the radars offer high-end, field proven performance and capabilities, including long range maritime surveillance, optimised detection of small targets, air-to-surface and air-to-air modes, and weather and navigation modes.

Over 100 radars are currently in service on different platforms across the globe.

Image: IAI is to supply ELM-2022A advanced multi-mode airborne maritime surveillance radar to two foreign customers for installation on maritime patrol aircraft. Photo: Israel Aerospace Industries.