Pictures have emerged showing the Israeli Navy corvette Eliat (first ship of the Sa’ar 5 class) fitted for the first time with the new AESA radar MF-STAR by IAI. The MF-STAR – Multi-Function Surveillance, Track and Guidance Radar was fitted as part of an upgrade program for the 3 vessels of the class.
The three Sa’ar 5 corvettes were built by Huntington Ingalls Industries in the USA for the Israeli Navy, based on an Israeli design. They are the largest surface warships in Israel’s naval fleet. Although they are “corvettes” due to their small size and crew of only 71, their weaponry and speed are almost comparable to that of a frigate. They are equipped with sonar, torpedoes, missile launchers, electronic warfare capabilities and decoys, a gun mount, and a helipad and helicopter hangar. The first of class, INS Eilat, was launched in February 1993, followed by INS Lahav in August 1993 and INS Hanit in March 1994.
This is probably the smallest vessel in the world (standard displacement of 1,100 tons) to be fitted with an AEGIS-like radar system. […]