ELTA Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), announced on 31 March it has been awarded a contract by Italy's Guardia di Finanza, valued at approx. US$10 million, to replace the company’s ELM-2226 coastal surveillance radars, which have been monitoring the nation’s coasts since 2001.
The service’s satisfaction with the radars’ overall performance and reliability convinced them to replace their current installation with the newest generation of staring persistent surveillance radars, the company stated.
ELTA is collaborating with Almaviva, one of Italy’s largest conglomerates, specialising in systems integration for in communications, government, transportation, financial and defence, which will act as prime contractor for the programme.
Europe in general and Italy in particular have been challenged by illegal immigration across the Mediterranean. The legacy radars were vital in assisting authorities to successfully counter these illegal activities. The new radars will provide enhanced detection capabilities and offer protection against other activities, such as smuggling, drug trafficking, illegal fishing or environmental damage.
ELTA’s ELM-2112 V22 persistent coastal surveillance radars were selected for the upgrade. The V22 is the latest addition to the ELM-2112 family of advanced, all-weather high-resolution radars. Featuring simultaneous multi-beam holographic/staring technology, the lightweight radars provide persistent surveillance and instantaneous target detection and tracking over a wide area, with a high probability of detection and low false alarm rates. The radar can monitor the entire coastal range and detect ships out to the radar horizon, sail boats to 16nm, rubber boats to 12 nm, swimmers as far as 2.5km and pedestrians on shore. These radars offer unprecedented surveillance capabilities, including ELTA’s unique ability to detect swimmers.
“ELTA has invested R&D effort in improving our sensor technology and system capabilities for protecting a sovereign’s coastline. This resulted in ELTA producing a variety of specialised and innovative products utilising the latest technologies that are flexible and adaptable to our customers’ unique requirements. We are very grateful to [the] Guardia di Finanza for their support and selecting again ELTA as their supplier,” observed ELTA President, Yoav Turgeman.