Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and HENSOLDT signed a joint strategic cooperation agreement. Under the agreement, the two companies will jointly manufacture radar systems for ballistic missile defense and conduct air and space surveillance projects. In the first step, HENSOLDT and IAI’s ELTA group will offer the German Navy a long-range radar for use on F124 frigates. This radar will operate in the S-band, which allows targets in space to be detected much more precisely than other alternatives.
IAI will contribute with its technological know-how and many years of experience in the development and production of defense systems against long-range ballistic missiles. Components with proven effectiveness will be used. The German sensor manufacturer HENSOLDT, which equips all the large ships of the German Navy with radars, will manufacture basic components and assemble all radar systems. If the agreement is reached, these long-range radars could be offered to both the German Navy and other NATO partners, service support throughout the life of the system can also be provided by HENSOLDT.
The cooperation agreement yielded IAI’s ELTA group, which developed the Ultra and Spectra radar family. These radars provide ballistic missiles and satellites with advanced search and detection capabilities at longer ranges. Radars are mature, field-proven products that allow flexible design to support changes in operational needs for future threats.
HENSOLDT is a supplier of advanced radar systems used in the German Navy’s K130 corvette and the newly commissioned F125 frigate. The portfolio is complemented by mobile, land and air systems, short-range radars and newly developed passive radar.
The Ultra and Spectra systems in cooperation are detection systems designed to operate independently from each other. It supports all levels of air defense ranging from medium, long and range. Both systems are mobile and offer surveillance and detection capabilities of up to 500 km over combat aircraft. The systems provide early warnings via satellite against ballistic missiles and other air targets at very high distances.