The Israeli radar system ELM-2248 MF-STAR is to equip the four Israeli Sa’ar 6 Corvettes according to ELTA Systems, a subsidiary of state-owned IAI. The AESA Israeli 3D Technology Radar is made up of four conforming antennas that are mounted on an integrated mast and operate at S-frequency, providing 360 degree coverage. The system is lightweight without impairing its effectiveness.
An important element of the new program is the fact that ELTA Systems and the Israeli Navy have gained considerable experience from the positioning of the same radar, albeit a different version in the three Sa’ar 5 Corvettes, facilitating the implementation of the Sa’ar 6 program.
However, these ships will be fitted with a system of larger dimensions and capabilities. The four Sa’ar 6 Corvettes are based on the German K120 Braunschweig Corvette and will be delivered in the period 2019-2021.
They are a joint program of Israel with Germany as ships will be built in Germany for EUR 430 million by ThyssenKrupp, while their kitting out with electronic and weapon systems will be Israeli.
The ship has a length of 90 meters, a displacement of 2,000 tons, a crew of 70, and sports a high level of automation, a maximum speed of 24 knots, 2,500 mile range, and will be equipped, apart from the EL-2248 MF-STAR radar, with counter cyber attack equipment. In addition, the Sa’ar 6 Corvettes will have 32 Barak-8 antiaircraft missiles and two C-Dome air defense systems with 20 Tamir missiles per system.
The ship will also have 16 surface-to-surface missiles, a 76 mm / 62 Oto Melara Super Rapid gun, two 25 mm Typhoon remote guns, and 324 mm torpedoe tubes for MK54 Lightweight torpedoes. The ship will also host and support a SH-60 helicopter.