Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) was recently awarded a total of $32 million in contracts to supply ELTA Systems' Ltd., IAI's Group and Subsidiary, best-selling maritime patrol radar (MPR) to two foreign customers.
To date, 250 MPR systems, designated ELM- 2022, have been sold to customers worldwide over 25 countries. The radar is currently operated on multiple platforms including P-3, Bombardier Dash-8, Airbus Military C-295 and C-235, and Dornier 228 maritime patrol aircraft, Eurocopter AS-365 Panther maritime helicopters and in IAI Heron- 1 maritime unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
Providing world-class performance and constantly introducing new modes and operational enhancements, the latest version, ELM-2022A(V3) radar, provides detection, tracking, classification and identification of maritime and airborne targets in high sea states and in high-density environments. The radar can provide full 360� azimuth and sector mode operation (depending on installation) from an under fuselage-mounted or nose- and tail- mounted antenna. The radar detects targets from periscope size and enables classification of maritime targets through range signature, Inverse-SAR (ISAR) and Classification-SAR (CSAR) processing techniques with the ability to further classify ISAR images using an ISAR Classification Library. Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) mode provides high-resolution images of ground surface for detailed examination of coastal structures such as piers, harbours, industrial installations, or airfields.
Partnering with Exelis, the ELM-2022 radar has been recently designated as AN/APY-11 and installed on the US Coast Guard (USCG) HC-130J long-range surveillance aircraft, first provided to USCG in 2009.
Exelis was recently awarded a $6.5 million contract for additional radars. The contract reflects the USCG's satisfaction with the radar's excellent performance.
"The ELM-2022 is probably the most effective maritime surveillance radar in its class", Said Nissim Hadas, IAI's Corporate Vice President and President of ELTA Systems".
"As missions worldwide continue to grow, and become more demanding, we'll continue to adapt our radar to evolving operational requirements".
In response to the growing operational requirements, IAI/ELTA is adding new modes of operation such as basic pollution detection, iceberg monitoring, and advanced classification modes. This process enables operators worldwide to benefit from the cumulative experience obtained by the large operator community and IAI/ELTA's extensive experience in airborne, maritime and ground radars.
Source: IAI was awarded a total of $32 million in contracts to supply Maritime Patrol Radar upgrades
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