Israel’s navy has a new weapon in the fight against threats from Syria and Hezbollah. Its newly installed “MF-STAR” radar system is designed to counter the Yakhont (S-800) anti-ship missiles used by both.

The IDF says that the radar, manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), has a greater range in comparison to the previous generation of systems, can mark more targets at once, and detect enemy ships hiding among dozens of friendly or non-combatant vessels.

The radar, installed on one of the Navy’s Sa’ar 5-class corvettes, should be able to gather intelligence of higher quality, even far out at sea and thousands of kilometers west of Israel. […]