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Israel Aerospace Industries unveils new STAR-X 3D naval radar

IAI's new STAR-X 3D multimission naval radar, designed for OPVs and other small vessels. (IAI)

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has expanded its naval radar portfolio with the introduction of a new compact shipborne surveillance and threat alert radar designed to fulfil the needs of operators of offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) and other small vessels.

The new radar, named STAR-X 3D, is a fully digital 3D short- to medium-range X-band active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar that can perform simultaneous surface and air surveillance.

IAI said the new radar leveraged proven technology from other IAI-ELTA radars and employed gallium nitride solid-state transmit modules to achieve a compact lightweight design, especially for missions in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ), ranging from counter-terrorism, smuggling, piracy, and search-and-rescue, up to full open-sea combat missions.

The radar's technical specifications include a maximum instrumented range in excess of 150 km, a detection range for low-flying attacking missiles out to more than 25 km, and a detection range for high-flying attacking fighter aircraft out to more than 60 km. It has a tracking capacity for more than 1,000 targets and an elevation coverage of 70°. The antenna weighs less than 350 kg.

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