C4iSR: Maritime

Israeli corvette upgraded with ALPHA radar

15 August 2019

Lahav leads another Saar 5 with the ALPHA radar during Exercise ‘Mighty Waves’ on 7 August, followed by the French frigate. Source: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

At least one of the Israeli Navy's three Saar-5 corvettes now has the new IAI-Elta ELM-2258 Advanced Lightweight Phased Array (ALPHA) radar, images emerging from the multinational Exercise 'Mighty Waves' have shown.

The ALPHA is a multi-function active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar that operates in the S-band to detect and track threats and provide guidance for weapon systems.

Israeli Naval sources told Jane's in 2017 that the Saar 5 corvettes Hanit and Eilat would receive the radar as part of an upgrade that would also see the integration of the new Barak 8 surface-to-air missile.

The third ship in the class, Lahav , had the larger ELM-2248 MF-Star radar installed and was used as testbed for the systems that will be fitted to the new Saar 6 vessels currently under construction in Germany.

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