Elbit updates EW and decoy product ranges


Israel-based Elbit Systems has revealed anti-aircraft and drone detection products ahead of the Paris Airshow.

The new drone detection and identification capability is provided via digital Radar Warning Receivers (RWR) and is part of the company’s airborne Electronic Warfare (EW) suite. It enables drone detection and identification and can locate Personal Location Beacons (PLBs) of ground forces and pilots.

The new RWR capability locates drones and classifies them as a threat, while the sensor continues to function as an Radar Warning Receiver sensor

In addition, the new capability to detect and geo-locate PLBs on the ground means any platform with a RWR can perform this task, saving time and resources during critical search and rescue missions.

In addition, the Nano SPEAR (Self Protection Electronic Attack and Reconnaissance) is an active RF decoy designed to protect against anti-aircraft threats.

The expendable Nano SPEAR uses an aircraft’s existing dispensing system, and once launched, acts independently to lure away hostile air-to-air and surface-to-air radar-guided missile.

The SPEAR product family also includes the Micro SPEAR for very small installations, Light SPEAR for installation on medium-large sized helicopters and UAVs and the Advanced SPEAR ECM Pod currently on contract for providing active self-protection for the C-390 transport aircraft.

The RF decoy weighs less than 800g features an advanced digital receiver and a sophisticated EW technique generator to handle advanced radar threats. The Nano SPEAR is launched via a standard Counter Measure Dispenser System (CMDS).

Oren Sabag, General Manager of Elbit Systems ISTAR & EW said,  “We are proud to enable our customers high-end protection capabilities to increase their platform survivability and aircrew safety. We will continue to invest significant R&D efforts to supply the most advanced, cutting edge and cost-effective solutions guaranteeing comprehensive protection and mission success.”

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