Singapore AirshowIsrael Aerospace Industries (IAI) have announced the release of the ELM-2060PES, a new generation AESA SAR/GMTI Pod for Fighter Aircraft, recently developed by its defense systems subsidiary, ELTA Systems Ltd.

The ELM-2060PES builds on the legacy of the combat proven ELM-2060P system, in service for decades with Air Forces worldwide.

The ELM-2060PES Pod is a self-contained Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Airborne Radar System, providing state of art Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Ground Moving Target Indication (GMTI) capabilities; a Bi-directional Line-of-Sight (LOS) wide band Datalink, interconnected with a Ground Datalink and Exploitation Station (GES). The airborne system is housed within a fully autonomous detachable centerline pod that mirrors the aerodynamic envelope of a certified Fighter Aircraft fuel tank and is operated by aircraft avionics or via the Datalink from the Ground Station

The ELM-2060PES produces radar images that approach photographic quality, for Operative Reconnaissance, Surveillance of Time Critical Targets (TCT), Precision Strike support and Battle Damage Assessment (BDA), and operates as a true, day and night sensor capable of penetrating clouds, rain, smoke, fog and smog. The ELM-2060PES has advanced radar modes for High Resolution Target Classification and precision Geo-location against both fixed and moving Ground Targets, providing the Operational Users with quality Actionable Intelligence. The ELM-2060PES extended-range and ultra-wide swath capabilities provide Real Time, All-weather and Visibility, Stand-off Reconnaissance and Surveillance mission capabilities while operating in most challenging scenarios.

Yoav Turgeman, ELTA President & IAI Executive VP, stated: “ELTA’s new AESA SAR/GMTI system delivers powerful, real-time reconnaissance capabilities by incorporating our latest technological developments, including full AESA and unique processing techniques. The high-quality data of this system enables interpretation and extraction of critical Image Intelligence essential for operating in the modern battlefield”.

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