Israel Aerospace Industries has unveiled its advanced
Protecting Israel’s maritime exclusive economic zone (EEZ) has become a much more important national priority for the Israel Defense Forces with the development of the country’s new offshore natural gas and oil deposits. Solutions will mean spending quite a lot of money on procurement of new fast patrol boats with advanced anti-missile capabilities, on specialized unmanned aerial vehicle systems and, as well, on a variety of highly sophisticated radars and sensors. Taken together the goal will be be to create an integrated defense system that can detect and destroy any attacks on Israel’s offshore oil and gas platforms before they can damage this invaluable new infrastructure.
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is one of Israel’s leading manufacturers of defense systems, and one of a number of companies proposing new systems to the IDF for integration into this new defense arena. It was applying its experience gained from recent projects performed and offered already to other foreign customers in order to develop and evaluate their advanced multiple intelligence source (Multi-INT) concepts. ELTA Systems Ltd, which is a subsidiary of IAI, has developed an integrated Multi-INT system based on a range of in-house produced sensors and platforms that provide an affordable and reliable solution.
The ELTA system relies on coastal, aerial, space and naval-based sensors combined with an intelligence infrastructure layer. All sensors are interconnected through a command, control and communications network, providing integrated broad area surveillance, situational awareness and intelligence exploitation capabilities.
For coastal defense and protection of strategic sites, IAI provides coastal defense radars and low-level threat air defense radars, which can also be installed on offshore rigs for point defense applications. For further reinforcement of maritime surveillance, additional in-house platforms and sensors may be used according to the customer’s requirements.
Additionally, IAI’s novel Over-The–Horizon (OTH) radar, operating in the High-Frequency (HF) band, can be integrated into the system. This radar is capable of looking over the horizon (OTH) for hundreds of miles into the sea, employing phased array technology and unique interference cancellation techniques that provide reliable, persistent coverage of the broad maritime area, regardless of atmospheric and/or sea conditions.
“Based on the advantage of having the majority of the required sensors produced in-house, IAI provides seamless integration of Multi-INT command and control and exploitation systems, ” said an IAI Executive. “This enables maritime security forces to deploy effective, affordable and operationally proven surveillance systems in order to secure broad-area EEZ maritime surveillance.”