Israel Aerospace Industries Awarded Contract to Provide Multi-Sensor Multi-Mission Radar (MS-MMR) System for a European Country’s Air Defence System

By Arie Egozi

Foreign Affairs

Tel Aviv: European countries continue to deploy advanced sensors. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has been awarded a contract to provide a Multi-Sensor Multi-Mission Radar (MS-MMR) system for a European country’s air defence system. Developed and produced by IAI’s ELTA Systems, the MS-MMR is an ESM-enhanced air defence radar sensor.

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The MS-MMR comprises an Electronic Support Measures (ESM) system (ELL-8385) integrated into the MMR (ELM-2084). The passive ESM sensor greatly enhances the radar’s ability to detect and recognize airborne threats. By identifying the threat’s electromagnetic signature, ESM can classify and identify the targets that the radar detects.

In addition, it can assist in discriminating between multiple targets that are too close to each other, and can also sense emitting targets with a low radar cross section (RCS). ESM effectively increases the radar’s range and detection performance. By combining radar and ESM data, tracking accuracy can also be improved.

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The MS-MMR thereby provides the air-defence system with a richer and more effective Air-Situational Picture (ASP). It shortens operators’ response times to unidentified targets, and prevents errors that could arise from incorrect identification of neutral parties.

“The combination of passive ESM and active radar is the optimal combined sensor for air defence, boosting the ability to detect and identify airborne threats throughout the arena,” said Adi Dulberg, VP and GM of IAI ELTA’s Intelligence, Communications, and Electronic Warfare Division. “The combined active-passive Air Situational Picture will enhance our customer’s security by providing their air defence system with the best possible threat intelligence.”

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