By Arie Egozi
Tel Aviv: The ELTA ELM-2084 multi mission radar has achieved 99% detection of rockets that were launched from Gaza during the recent Guardian of the Walls military operation.
According to ELTA, the electronics subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the operational and combat proven MMR provides air defence capabilities to customers around the world as well as being the radar of “Iron Dome”, “David’s Sling” and IAI’s land-based “Barak” weapon systems. The new version, named MS-MMR (Multi-Sensor MMR), fuses additional ELTA sensors to the main MMR system thereby providing an active, passive, and combined Air Situational Picture (ASP).
Over the last decade, new types of aerial threats have emerged due to the advancement of low RCS (Radar Cross Section) stealth technology. Platforms such as drones and UAVs, tactical aerial weapons, cruise missiles, and ballistic rockets and missiles have all created new challenges to Air Defence and Surveillance systems. This created a demand for ASP systems to provide higher accuracy, faster update rates and upgraded identification of aerial threats while increasing the need for survivability in the modern battlefield.
Operating in S-Band frequency, the MMR provides long-range air defence, air surveillance and fire control capabilities. By fusing the MMR with an additional higher band radar and active IFF and ADS-B sensors and passive SIGINT, EO/IR and LDS (Launch Detector Sensor) sensors, the MS-MMR now provides enhanced classification, identification and discrimination between very close targets even in dense areas and background clutter. The MS-MMR significantly improves the reliability of the ASP and Situational Awareness, and can efficiently handle new types of small, low, slow and hovering RCS threats as well as handling rockets and missiles of varying ranges. Since all the sensors are co-located and integrated at the system level, the MS-MMR provides a single output for all the fused data.
According to ELTA, this greatly simplifies the delivery of the combined target data into C2ASP networks.
-The writer is an International Roving Correspondent of the publication. Views expressed are personal and do not necessarily reflect the views of Raksha Anirveda