By Arie Egozi
ELTA Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), has intensified its marketing efforts of the company’s coastal surveillance radars.
ELTA was awarded a contract in Mexico to supply ELM-2226 Advance Coastal Surveillance Radars (ACSR) to protect off-shore rigs and energy platforms. ELTA was awarded the contract by Grupo KABAT, the prime contractor for this program.
The radars provide wide area situational awareness, detection and tracking of all types of surface threats to the oil rigs and other vital facilities located off the coast of Mexico. The program consists of supplying and deploying several radars and linking them to a central Command and Control (C2) center.
The ELM-2226 is optimized for the detection of all types of surface targets even under adverse sea conditions. The radars are designed with state-of-the-art solid-state Linear Frequency-Modulated Continuous-Wave (LFMCW).
ELTA was also awarded a contract by the Ministry of National Security of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to provide a full system upgrade and additional features and capabilities to the national Coastal Surveillance System (ELTA reference number ELI-3310). The contract also includes a 3-year maintenance agreement. The initial coastal surveillance system was deployed by ELTA in 2008. The surveillance system also covers the islands of St. Vincent, St. Lucia and Grenada.
ELTA deployed the initial system to provide the Ministry with a comprehensive Maritime Situational Awareness (MSA) picture and surveillance capabilities against threats and unlawful activities emanating from the sea. Since then the system achieved a successful operational record in preventing illegal activities from reaching the shores of the nation. The project included a National Coastal Surveillance Radar Center (NCSRC), radars, E/O cameras, Automatic Identification System (AIS), meteorological sensors and other supporting infrastructure. The new contract includes upgrade of the Command & Control software, computers and servers and maintenance for the whole system. This upgrade provides a substantial improvement to the legacy system.
The key sensor used for this program is ELTA’s ELM-2226 Advance Coastal Surveillance Radars (ACSR). The ELM-2226 is optimized for the detection of all types of surface targets even under adverse sea conditions. The radars are designed with state-of-the-art solid-state Linear Frequency-Modulated Continuous-Wave (LFMCW) transmission technology that offer enhanced efficiency and accuracy. The radars feature continuous, automatic detection and tracking of more than 900 targets thereby providing a reliable tactical situation display.
Another contract was awarded by the Government of Barbados (GoB) . This one is for upgrade and providing additional features and capabilities to the Integrated Coastal Surveillance System that was installed by ELTA and deployed in 2008.
Italy also selected the Elta systems. Italy’s Guardia di Finanza has awarded a contract valued close to 10 million USD to replace ELTA’s legacy coastal surveillance radars (ELM-2226) that have been monitoring the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea since 2001.
ELTA is collaborating with AlmavivA S.p.A. who shall be the prime contractor for this program. AlmavivA, with 42,000 employees worldwide, is one of Italy’s largest conglomerate specializing in system integration for projects dealing in communication, government, transportation, financial as well as defense.
Yoav Turgeman, ELTA President & IAI Executive VP, said, that ELTA has invested R&D effort in improving its sensor technology and system capabilities for protecting a sovereign’s coastline. “This resulted in ELTA producing a variety of specialized and innovative products utilizing the latest technologies that are flexible and adaptable to our customers’ unique requirements.”