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IAI Elta Showcasing Navantia F100, DCNS FREMM & BAE Type 26 Designs with MF-STAR Radar
 
At the 14th Baltic Military Fair BALT-MILITARY-EXPO 2016 held this week in Gdansk, Poland, Israeli company IAI Elta was showcasing (via a video) several frigates designs fitted with the MF-STAR multifunctional Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) naval radar for long-range air and surface surveillance and tracking. These designs are contenders in the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) program and IAI just joined forces with Rheinmetall Canada to propose the MF-STAR to the Canadian Navy future surface combatant.
At the 14th Baltic Military Fair BALT-MILITARY-EXPO 2016 held this week in Gdansk, Poland, Israeli company IAI Elta was showcasing (via a video) several frigates designs fitted with the MF-STAR multifunctional Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) naval radar for long-range air and surface surveillance and tracking. These designs are contenders in the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) program and IAI just joined forces with Rheinmetall Canada to propose the MF-STAR to the Canadian Navy...
 
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Balt Military Expo 2016 Online Show Daily - IAI Elta
 
 
 
IAI Elta Showcasing Navantia F100, DCNS FREMM & BAE Type 26 Designs with MF-STAR Radar
 
At the 14th Baltic Military Fair BALT-MILITARY-EXPO 2016 held this week in Gdansk, Poland, Israeli company IAI Elta was showcasing (via a video) several frigates designs fitted with the MF-STAR multifunctional Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) naval radar for long-range air and surface surveillance and tracking. These designs are contenders in the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) program and IAI just joined forces with Rheinmetall Canada to propose the MF-STAR to the Canadian Navy future surface combatant.
     
At the 14th Baltic Military Fair BALT-MILITARY-EXPO 2016 held this week in Gdansk, Poland, Israeli company IAI Elta was showcasing (via a video) several frigates designs fitted with the MF-STAR multifunctional Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) naval radar for long-range air and surface surveillance and tracking. These designs are contenders in the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) program and IAI just joined forces with Rheinmetall Canada to propose the MF-STAR to the Canadian Navy future surface combatant.
MF-STAR fitted on Navantia's F100 design
     
Navantia CSC proposal basic specifications:
Original design: F100 (Spanish Navy Álvaro de Bazán-class frigate)
Length overall: 146.7 m
Max beam: 18.6 m
Displacement: 5900 t
Accommodation: 234

The original design is fitted with the Lockheed Martin AN/SPY-1D passive electronically scanned multifunction radar and the Aegis combat system. A variant was selected by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) known as the Hobart-class air warfare destroyer. Another variant of the Hobart-class/F100 design was recently shortlisted for the RAN SEA5000 ASW Frigate program. This variant is fitted with a CEAFAR2 radar by Australian company CEA Technologies.
     
At the 14th Baltic Military Fair BALT-MILITARY-EXPO 2016 held this week in Gdansk, Poland, Israeli company IAI Elta was showcasing (via a video) several frigates designs fitted with the MF-STAR multifunctional Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) naval radar for long-range air and surface surveillance and tracking. These designs are contenders in the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) program and IAI just joined forces with Rheinmetall Canada to propose the MF-STAR to the Canadian Navy future surface combatant.
MF-STAR fitted on DCNS' FREMM design
     
DCNS CSC proposal basic specifications:
Original design: FREMM (Aquitaine class)
Length overall: 142 m
Max beam: 20 m
Displacement: 6000 t
Accommodation: 120 to 180

The original design (as used by the French, Egyptian and Moroccan navies) is fitted with the Thales Herakles multifunction radar. For the CSC program, DCNS proposes a new 4 panel array radar (active electronically scanned) from Thales. To learn more, read our recent focus and interview on DCNS CSC proposal at this link.
     
At the 14th Baltic Military Fair BALT-MILITARY-EXPO 2016 held this week in Gdansk, Poland, Israeli company IAI Elta was showcasing (via a video) several frigates designs fitted with the MF-STAR multifunctional Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) naval radar for long-range air and surface surveillance and tracking. These designs are contenders in the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) program and IAI just joined forces with Rheinmetall Canada to propose the MF-STAR to the Canadian Navy future surface combatant.
MF-STAR fitted on BAE Systems' Type 26 / GCS design
     
BAE Systems CSC proposal basic specifications:
Original design: Global Combat Ship (Royal Navy Type 26)
Length: 148.5 m
Max beam: 20 m
Displacement: 6,000 t
Accommodation: 118 crew + 72 embarked forces

The Type 26 is the future Anti-Submarine Warfare Frigate that will replace the Royal Navy's 13 Type 23 frigates and other ships. BAE Systems says the Type 26 / Global Combat Ship will be a highly capable and versatile multi-mission warship designed to support anti-submarine warfare, air defence and general purpose operations anywhere on the world’s oceans. A variant was recently shortlisted for the RAN SEA5000 ASW Frigate program. This variant is fitted with a CEAFAR2 radar by Australian company CEA Technologies.
     
At the 14th Baltic Military Fair BALT-MILITARY-EXPO 2016 held this week in Gdansk, Poland, Israeli company IAI Elta was showcasing (via a video) several frigates designs fitted with the MF-STAR multifunctional Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) naval radar for long-range air and surface surveillance and tracking. These designs are contenders in the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) program and IAI just joined forces with Rheinmetall Canada to propose the MF-STAR to the Canadian Navy future surface combatant.
Also shown on the IAI Elta stand at Balt Military Expo (but not in the video): MF-STAR fitted on TKMS F125 design
     
TKMS CSC proposal basic specifications:
Original design: F-125 (Baden-Württemberg class)
Length: 149.5 m
Max beam: 18.8 m
Displacement: 7,200 t
Accommodation: 110 (up to 190)

The F125-class frigates are built by ARGE F125 consortium, lead by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems and supplemented by Blohm + Voss, Nordsweerke and Lurssen Werft. A total of four vessels will be built for the German Navy. The “Baden-Württemberg” is scheduled for delivery in 2016 and the last one in 2019. Although the F125-class ships are frigates their displacement is much larger, closer to that of a destroyer, as it reaches 7,200 tonnes. They are built to replace the eight Bremen-class frigates, which entered service in the ‘80s, and carry out a wide range of missions, both combat and humanitarian.
     
The MF-STAR video that IAI Elta was showing during Balt Military Expo 2016 in Poland
     
About MF-STAR
The MF-STAR antenna includes four fixed faces of active arrays in S-band frequency, delivering a high-quality air and surface situation picture and weapon support – particularly in severely cluttered target, electronic, topographical and environmental conditions. With advanced technology and robust system architecture, the MF-STAR employs unique, proven multi-beam and pulse doppler techniques to extract low RCS targets from complex clutter and jamming environments.

Moreover, the MF-STAR radar can be easily scaled to fit different requirements and different ship sizes – from 1200-tonne corvettes to frigate/destroyers weighing 7000+ tons. The radar is already in service with two navies in missions similar to those proposed for the CSC.

No one from IAI Elta could comment about the CSC program during Balt Military Expo (all representative being business development managers specialized for the central/east European region). IAI Elta was showcasing the system for the Miecznik defense coastal vessels and the Czapla offshore patrol vessels programs of the Polish Navy. The MF-STAR is already fitted aboard Saar 5 class corvettes of the Israeli navy and the Kolkata class destroyers of the Indian navy.