Israel Aerospace industries (IAI) has been awarded a contract by Airbus Defense & Space to supply 16 ELM-2022A maritime patrol radars for the C295 maritime surveillance aircraft (MSA) ordered by Canada.
The Government of Canada is purchasing 16 Airbus C295 MSA aircraft equipped with advanced sensor systems to support Canada’s Search and Rescue (SAR) operations, as part of its fixed wing SAR (FWSAR) program.
The ELM-2022, developed by IAI subsidiary Elta Systems Ltd., is multi-mode radar for detection, localization, classification, and tracking of targets over water and land in all weather conditions, day and night. It will assist in all aspects of the Canadian SAR missions.
According to the company, the ELM-2022 provides detection, tracking, classification and identification of maritime vessels in high sea states and low visibility conditions. The Radar provides 360° azimuth and sector mode operation from an antenna located under the fuselage.
ELM-2022A also provides a cost-effective force-multiplier solution for operational missions in the maritime theater, such as maritime surveillance and EEZ patrol, maritime law enforcement and fishery patrol, Air-to-Air surveillance, Air-to-Ground (SAR and GMTI) intelligence, and reconnaissance and Surveillance (ISR) Missions. Modular hardware, flexible interfaces and antenna design enable the ELM-2022 radars to be installed on a wide range of fixed-wing and rotary-wing, manned and unmanned aircraft.
To date, more than 250 ELM-2022 Maritime Patrol Radars have been sold to customers worldwide in more than 25 countries. This is the eighth project done with Airbus Defense on maritime patrol radars.
IAI/ELTA’s family of X-Band multimode airborne maritime surveillance radars was designed for different airborne platforms. It includes the ELM-2022A (Aircraft), ELM-2022H (Helicopter), ELM-2022U (UAV), ELM- 2022ES AESA radar and the ELM-2022ML a lightweight airborne maritime surveillance radar.