IAI installs MF-STAR radar on Sa’ar 6-class corvettes

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Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is integrating offensive and defensive systems, to enhance the ‘Sa’ar 6’ corvette’s capabilities and usher the Israeli Navy into a new technological era, under the guidance of Israel’s Ministry of Defense (IMoD) and the IDF, IAI announced.

IAI, together with the Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure (part of IMoD) and the Israeli Navy, completed the first phase of installing the MF-STAR (Magen Adir) radars on the Israeli Navy’s ‘Sa’ar 6’ corvettes and will continue to integrate the BARAK MX Air Defense System (Ra’am Adir) on the vessels.

The radars will serve to locate and classify air and surface targets and help to build an advanced and detailed maritime picture of the surveillance area. The MF-STAR radar system, one of the world’s most advanced radar systems, will serve as the “brain,” integrated with all surveillance sensors on every one of the Israeli Navy’s new warships. The radar system is also an important component of the BARAK MX Air Defense System (Ra’am Adir) and provides a layer of defence against advanced aerial and naval threats.

The MF-STAR radar systems are based on advanced technology including an active electronic scanning array (AESA) developed by IAI’s ELTA Systems Ltd. These systems reduce the target acquisition response-time and provide advanced ability to accurately and simultaneously track a wide range of targets. The radar provides an optimal picture of maritime situation awareness and hemispheric protection to all accompanying forces.

The radars are an integral component of defending air, space and territorial waters, including Israel’s strategic assets: the natural gas rigs, defending against rockets, enemy aircraft and more. Upon identifying a threat, the radar supplies all required data immediately to each control, defence and support system on deck (e.g., firing of anti-aircraft missiles), enabling key decision-makers to respond to the threat in real-time. The MF-STAR radar includes four staring radar panels that provide 360-degree hemispherical coverage around the vessel.

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MF-STAR radar is being installed to Sa’ar 6-class corvette (IAI image)

The BARAK MX Air Defense System developed by IAI’s Systems, Missiles and Space Division is one of the world’s advanced operational defence systems, used by IDF land and naval forces and the Indian Navy and Air Force. The BARAK MX Air Defense System provides both wide-area and targeted defence capabilities to an array of threats, including land, air and sea. The system aggregates several key cutting-edge systems: a digital radar, weapon control system, launchers, a range of interceptors for different ranges with advanced homing devices, data-link communication and system-wide connectivity.

Boaz Levy, President and CEO of IAI, said: “The combat and air defence systems installed on the Sa’ar corvettes represents the significant tier now being integrating on the rest of Israel’s air defence array, an integral aspect of IAI’s system-wide naval solutions. IAI, the home of the Israeli Navy’s systems, is proud to begin integrating these systems on missile boats, in close cooperation with Israel’s Ministry of Defense and the Israeli Navy. Deploying the world’s most advanced radar system of its kind, based on decades of ELTA’s radar production know-how, is the cornerstone for a wide range of systems with the ability to act as a force multiplier for the navy, for the IDF and for the State of Israel.”

About ELM-2248 MF-STAR AESA Radar:

ELTA’s MF-STAR (ELM-2248) is a digital AESA multi-function radar for the new generation of naval vessels. The radar system delivers high-quality situation pictures and weapon support, under severe target/environmental conditions in the current and future naval arena.

Incorporating advanced technology and robust system architecture, the MF-STAR employs multi-beam and pulse Doppler techniques as well as cutting edge ECCM techniques to extract low RCS targets from complex clutter and jamming environments. MF-STAR’s basic TR (Transmit/Receive) element digital output enables software only adaptive beamforming and mode variations to form a software-defined radar. The MF-STAR antenna includes 4 scalable faces of active arrays in S-Band frequency. These 4 faces can be installed in various configurations and in different sizes.

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ELM-2248 MF-STAR AESA Radar (Source: IAI)

Technical Details:

  • Instrumented Range: >250 Km & >450 Km
  • Azimuth coverage: 360°
  • Elevation coverage: -20° to +85°
  • Weight Above Deck: 500 Kg per face and 2,000 Kg per face
  • Weight Below Deck: 1300 Kg and 4,000 Kg
  • Antenna size: 1×2 m and 3×3 m


  • Blue water and littoral warfare support
  • Simultaneous multi-engagement support
  • Active and semi active missile support
  • 3D long-range air surveillance
  • 3D medium range automatic threat alert
  • Missile horizon search and threat alert
  • Maritime surface surveillance
  • Target classification (including helicopter)
  • Gunnery control and splash spotting

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