Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is integrating offensive and defensive systems to enhance the capabilities of the Israeli Navy’s Sa’ar 6 corvettes and guide the Navy into a new technological era under the guidance of the Ministry of Defense (MoD) and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
IAI, together with the Navy and the MoD’s Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure, completed the first phase of installing the MF-STAR (Magen Adir) radars on the Sa’ar 6 corvettes and will continue to integrate the BARAK MX Air Defense System (Ra’am Adir) on the vessels. The radars will locate and classify air and surface targets and help to build an advanced and detailed picture of the surveillance area.
The MF-STAR radar system is integrated with all surveillance sensors on every one of the Navy’s new warships. The radar system is also an important component of the BARAK MX Air Defense System (Ra’am Adir), and provides a layer of defense against advanced aerial and naval threats.
The MF-STAR radar systems are based on advanced technology including active electronic scanning array (AESA) developed by IAI’s ELTA Systems Ltd. These systems reduce the target acquisition response time, and provide advanced ability to accurately and simultaneously track a wide range of targets.
The radar provides an optimal picture of the maritime situation as well as hemispheric protection to all accompanying forces. They are an integral component of defending air, space and territorial waters, including strategic assets such as natural gas rigs, defending against rockets, enemy aircraft and more.
Upon identifying a threat, the radar immediately supplies required data to each control, defense and support systems on deck, enabling key decision-makers to respond to the threat in real-time. The MF-STAR radar includes four staring radar panels that provide 360-degree hemispherical coverage around the vessel.
The BARAK MX Air Defense System developed by IAI’s Systems, Missiles and Space Division is used by IDF land and naval forces and the Indian Navy and Air Force.
It provides both wide-area and targeted defense against an array of threats on land, in the air and at sea . The system aggregates key systems such as a digital radar, weapon control system, launchers, and a variety of interceptors for different ranges with advanced homing devices, data-link communication and system wide connectivity.
“The combat and air defense systems installed on the Sa’ar corvettes represents the significant tier now being integrating on the rest of Israel’s air defense array, an integral aspect of IAI’s system wide naval solutions,” said Boaz Levy, President and CEO of IAI.
“IAI, the home of the Israeli Navy’s systems, is proud to begin integrating these systems on missile boats, in close cooperation with Israel’s Ministry of Defense and the Israeli Navy. Deploying the world’s most advanced radar system of its kind, based on decades of ELTA’s radar production know-how, is the cornerstone for a wide range of systems with the ability to act as a force multiplier for the navy, for the IDF and for the State of Israel.”