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Israeli Sa’ar 6 Corvettes Get IAI MF-STAR Radars

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is integrating MF-STAR radars and Barak MX Air Defence Systems on Israeli Navy Sa'ar 6 Corvette's Atul Chandra - : Jul 5, 2021 - : 1:05 am

Israeli Navy Sa’ar 6 Corvette’s are receiving new offensive and defensive systems with the integration of Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) MF-STAR (Magen Adir) radars and Barak MX Air Defence Systems (Ra’am Adir). 

The new systems are providing a dramatic capability boost for the Israeli Navy’s Sa’ar 6 Corvettes and are being installed under the guidance of Israel’s Ministry of Defence (IMoD) and the IDF.

Boaz Levy, President and CEO of IAI, said: “The combat and air defence systems installed on the Sa’ar corvettes represents the significant tier now being integrating on the rest of Israel’s air defence array, an integral aspect of IAI’s system wide naval solutions. 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 Defence and the Israeli Navy.”

He added, “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.”

IAI, together with the Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure (part of IMoD) and the Israeli Navy has now completed the first phase of installing the MF-STAR radars on Israeli Navy Sa’ar 6 corvettes.

It will continue to integrate the Barak MX Air Defense System on these Sa’ar 6 corvettes.

The Barak MX Air Defence System developed by IAI’s Systems, Missiles and Space Division is one of the world’s advanced operational defence systems, used by IDF land and naval forces and the Indian Navy and Air Force.

The Barak MX Air Defence System provides both wide-area and targeted defense capabilities to an array of threats, including: land, air and sea.

It aggregates several key cutting-edge systems: a digital radar, weapon control system, launchers, a range of interceptors for different ranges with advanced homing devices, data-link communication and system wide connectivity.

The MF-STAR radar systems are based on advanced technology including active electronic scanning array (AESA) developed by IAI’s ELTA Systems Ltd. The MF-STAR radar includes four staring radar panels that provide 360-degree hemispherical coverage around Sa’ar 6 corvettes.

The radars will serve to locate and classify air and surface targets and help to build an advanced and detailed maritime picture of the surveillance area. The radar system is an important component of the Barak MX Air Defence System and provides a layer of defence against advanced aerial and naval threats.

The MF-STAR radar system, one of the world’s most advanced radar systems, will serve as the “brain,” integrated with all surveillance sensors on every one of the Israeli Navy’s new warships.

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 maritime situation awareness and hemispheric protection to all accompanying forces.

The radars are an integral component of defending air, space and territorial waters, including Israel’s strategic assets: the natural gas rigs, defending against rockets, enemy aircraft and more.

Upon identifying a threat, the radar supplies all required data immediately to each control, defense and support systems on deck (e.g., firing of anti-aircraft missiles), enabling key decision makers to respond to the threat in real time.

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