Photo Credit: IAI
ELM-2138M Air Defense (AD) radar

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) on Wednesday unveiled the ELM-2138M Air Defense (AD) radar at the Eurosatory exhibition.

Featuring four full AESA staring panels for 360 degrees azimuth coverage, and on-the-move surveillance capabilities, the radar is positioned to become a game-changer for tactical air-defense and force protection roles.


First contract of 5 ELM-2138M AD radars was recently signed with a European customer. The radar systems will be integrated into the joint airspace surveillance system by the end of 2019.

ELM-2138M Air Defense (AD) radar / Photo credit: IAI

The ELM-2138M AD can be used as mobile force protection radar as well as gap filler to complement the local or national Air Situation Picture/Recognized Air Picture (ASP/RAP), encompassing a broad range of airborne targets – such as transport aircraft, high-speed fighters, helicopters, glide bombs or drones.

The radar can also provide Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (RAM) detection, providing real time accurate launch and impact point information of incoming hostile fire.

As static radar with no moving parts, the ELM-2138M AD provides a significant advantage both in the operational aspect for on-the-move defense, while reducing long term maintenance and significantly increasing operational availability.

Nissim Hadas, IAI EVP and president of ELTA Systems Ltd. Said in a press release, “The ELM-2138M AD provides new surveillance capabilities and improved RAM detection performance, thus enhancing force protection against a wide range of threats. We are proud of this new system joining our family of air defense radars used for frontline operational defense and force protection.”