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Israel Aerospace Industries and Germany’s Rheinmetall Cooperating on Anti-Missile Technologies

Israel and Germany continue their history of military cooperation.

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MASS ELM-2222S Nav-Guard -Israel Aerospace Industries and Germany’s Rheinmetall Cooperating on Anti-Missile Technologies


Israel has been at the forefront of the development of anti-missile technology in recent years. This, unfortunately, has come out of necessity: the country has been attacked by all types of missiles from both Gaza and Lebanon. The arrow missile has had great success in intercepting and destroying other missiles in midair.

Land based anti-missiles are not the only such defensive weapons that Israel has been developing, however. It has also worked on new ship based missile defense systems for navies.

Now the Israel Aerospace Industries, a government concern, has been cooperating with the German private company Rheinmetall AG in the development of naval missile defense systems.

Israel Aerospace Industries and Rheinmetall are combining their work on naval self-defense systems which counter sensor-guided missiles that can destroy naval vessels. IAI has stated that it will integrate its ELM-2222S Nav-Guard advanced radar system with the German company’s Multi Ammunition Softkill System, or MASS.

The Nav-Guard is a radar based missile approach warning system with various response structures, such as smoke dispensers and chaff and flare dispensers. Upon detection, classification and verification of a potential threat, the system automatically initiates an alert to the crew and begins the dispensation of smoke, chaff and flares according to a pre-programmed procedure.

It is small, lightweight, can automatically track many targets simultaneously and uses Doppler filtering and radial velocity measurement.

The Nav-Guard is produced by IAI subsidiary Elta Systems.


Rheinmetall successfully demo's MASS with Elta NavGuard


The MASS is a naval self-defense system which is connected to a ship’s sensors and defends it against advanced, sensor-guided missiles, by launching decoys that operate in all relevant wavelengths on the electromagnetic spectrum.

It provides a unique level of protection against modern sensor-guided missiles. MASS can be installed on ships of all types and can be integrated into existing command systems. The new MASS ISS features built-in sensors for detecting radar and laser threats. Programmable and omni-spectral, the system’s ammunition provides protection in all relevant wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Testing conducted on the integration of the two systems was successful in defense against both land and sea based missiles.

Nissim Hadas, vice president of IAI and president of Elta Systems said, “Navguard is an advanced digital phased-array radar system built as a solution for missile approach warning, and especially designed to confront the ever-increasing asymmetric warfare challenges.”

“We are proud to collaborate with Rheinmetall, who are world leaders in naval soft-kill protection systems, and together tailor an affordable and effective protection system for maritime vessels.”

Founded in 1953, Israel Aerospace Industries works in both the civilian and military fields and is wholly owned by the Israeli government. The company develops Business jets, unmanned air vehicles (UAV), Radars, mission aircraft and AEW aircraft,  Anti-Tactical Ballistic Missiles (ATBM), Missiles and smart weapons,  Satellites, ground stations and space launchers, Navigation systems, EO payloads, communications and many other technologies, products and services.

A publically traded company, Rheinmetall AG is headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany. It is a leading international company for automotive components and defense equipment. The Rheinmetall Group´s Defense sector is Europe’s foremost supplier of army technology and a longstanding partner of European armed forces. Its automotive division with KSPG AG holds a strong position as a global first-tier supplier to the automotive industry for modules and systems.




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