Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI, Chalet A206) is in the final stages of delivering a persistent surveillance radar system that is mounted on a tethered aerostat platform. The customer has not been revealed by IAI. The radar is based on IAI ELTA’s ELM-2022A multimode radar and provides a range of surveillance capabilities. It can automatically detect and track maritime targets down to periscope size in high-density environments and high sea states. The system also tracks airborne targets, including low-flying UAVs, while a ground-moving target indication mode allows it to track land targets.
Combining air, sea and land capabilities makes the new radar one of the first multi-role aerostat systems to become operational. The radar is part of a system that also integrates an electro-optical/infrared sensor. IAI’s ELTA division has already supplied aerostat-mounted air surveillance radars to India.
ELM-2022 radars are also being supplied to two foreign customers for airborne maritime patrol duties. The combined worth of the contracts is $32 million. The radar has proved to be popular, and 250 systems are in service with more than 25 countries. The ELM-2022 has been installed in the Airbus Military CN235 and C295, Bombardier Dash 8, Dornier Do 228 and Lockheed Martin P-3. It has also been integrated with the IAI Heron UAV, Eurocopter AS365 Panther and, as the APY-11, the HC-130J Hercules aircraft operated by the U.S. Coast Guard.