Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced it has recently completed the installation of the ALPHA (Advanced Lightweight Phased Array) ELM-2258 radar system on the Israeli Navy’s Saar 4.5 missile ship, and has proceeded to operational sea trials.
The Israeli Navy is expected to receive two more ALPHA radars by the end of 2017, reaching a total of 11 systems, to be installed on the Navy’s missile ships.
The radar system is based on unique full digital AESA technology by ELTA Systems Ltd., a Group and Subsidiary of IAI (IAI/ELTA) and is an integral part of the combat systems installed on the missile ships.
According to IAI, the ALPHA is a rotating AESA radar, capable of producing a large number of simultaneous beams for maritime and aerial targets, and to provide a high quality situation picture in the most extreme marine environment. The radar can perform several tasks at the same time, such as: detection and classification of naval targets, tracking of a large number of targets, and integration into guided missile systems for defense and attack.