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The Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO), in the Directorate of Defense R&D (DDR&D) of the Israel Ministry of Defense has delivered the first Multi-Mission Radars (MMR) manufactured by ELTA Systems to the US Army. This comes after the US and Israel signed an agreement for the procurement of two IRON DOME Defence System batteries (IDDS-A), which contain MMR radars produced by ELTA, in August 2019. On 30 September 2020, the first radar was officially handed to the US Army with the second radar to follow shortly. The MMR radars delivered within the framework of this agreement will be employed in the defence of US troops against a variety of ballistic and aerial threats.

MMR Importance

The modern battlefield has evolved over recent decades as aerial threats have become more versatile, with the ability to take defensive measures having become a high priority challenge. In addition, radars can no longer focus on specific, single missions, but must be utilised in multiple, simultaneous operations. In order to address these challenges, ELTA has developed the MMR radar. This combat proven system provides air surveillance and defence capabilities with advanced 3D Active Electronically Steered Array (AESA) antenna technology. The MMR detects the adversary’s weapon locations and calculates Impact Point and Launch Point in real time, while simultaneously Identifying Friend or Foe (IFF). For rapid manoeuvring purposes the MMR may be transported on a single vehicle. 

The MMR has been widely deployed and operationally integrated by partners around the world, having grown and evolved to offer capabilities for Air Surveillance, Air Defence, Artillery Hostile Weapon Location and Friendly Fire Ranging.

Arie Egozi