Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has expanded its Maritime Surveillance Radar family. introducing two new models – the ELM-2022ML lightweight and compact radar, for helicopters and tactical unmanned systems, and the ELM-2022ES – employing mechanically rotating electronic scanned antenna array. Both are on display this week at the Euronaval 2014 International Naval Defense and Maritime Exhibition, in Paris.
The ELM-2022ES radar system, developed by ELTA Systems Ltd. provides optimal maritime and ground surveillance and imaging capabilities, in addition to simultaneous air surveillance. The system implements the proven operating modes and processing algorithms of the ELM-2022 family, while using the unique capabilities of Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) technology. The radar system combines mechanical scan in the horizontal plane with fine beam shifting, and full electronic scan in the vertical plane, providing improved detection, particularly at high sea states.
The ELM-2022ES can be installed on various mission aircraft, and be operated for a variety of military and maritime law-enforcement missions, such as Maritime Surveillance and Anti-Submarine Warfare, Exclusive Economic Zone surveillance, ISR, HomeLand Security (HLS), and search and rescue missions. It is the subject of growing interest by leading customers worldwide.
ELM-2022ML uses a unique front-end design in which most of the radar components are installed directly on the mechanical antenna array. Weighing only 50kg, this radar is suitable for the growing market of small to medium UAVs as well as light reconnaisance aircraft, helicopters and aerostats. All modes and capabilities of the existing radar are retained. This radar is especially suitable for maritime law enforcement and HLS missions.
IAI’s ELM-2022 family is a well established worldwide with over 250 systems delivered in over twenty-five countries worldwide. The radar is currently operating on P-3, Bombardier Dash-8, Airbus Military C-295 and C-235, Dornier 228 Maritime Patrol Aircraft, maritime helicopters and on IAI’s Heron 1 Maritime UAV.