IAI installs ALPHA radar on Israeli vessel
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has successfully installed an Advanced Lightweight Phased Array (ALPHA) ELM-2258 radar system on the Israeli Navy's Saar 4.5 missile offshore patrol vessel, the company announced on 15 May.
The radar - part of the ship's combat system - has now proceeded to operational sea trials.
The Israeli Navy will receive two more ALPHA radars by the end of 2017, and 11 systems in total.
The lightweight, fully digital, rotating active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar is capable of producing a large number of simultaneous beams for maritime and aerial targets, providing a high quality situational awareness picture for maritime operations.
The radar can execute several tasks at once, including the detection and classification of naval targets, tracking a large number of targets and integration into guided missile systems for defence and attack. The radar can be installed on small and medium-sized vessels such as corvettes, missile ships and medium-sized patrol ships, either as an upgrade solution or new installation.
The system will upgrade the operational capabilities of the Israeli Navy's Saar 4.5 and Saar 5 missile ships.