Thursday, April 18, 2024

Elbit Systems unveils anti-radar decoy to protect aircrews and platforms

Elbit Systems has unveiled the Nano SPEAR, an advanced, digital, and miniature system designed as a countermeasure against radar-guided air-to-air and surface-to-air missiles that threaten aircrews and their platforms, at this year’s Paris Airshow.

The Nano SPEAR is a part of the Self-Protection Electronic Attack and Reconnaissance (SPEAR) product family. The SPEAR product family includes the Micro SPEAR for very small installations, Light SPEAR for installation on medium-large sized helicopters and UAVs, and the Advanced SPEAR ECM Pod, currently on contract for providing active self-protection for the C-390 transport aircraft. The family is based on advanced hardware, including Digital Receiver Exciters, that are modular and provide ease of scalability.

The Nano SPEAR, which weighs less than 800 grams, is an advanced, expendable RF decoy that uses the aircraft’s existing dispensing system. Once launched, it acts independently to lure away hostile radar-guided missiles.

Complementary to the aircraft’s existing EW System and operating in coordination with it or standalone in the absence of an EW System, this ultra-smart RF decoy enhances the platform’s self-defense and aircrew survivability to achieve mission success. The new countermeasure is also winged, allowing it to navigate independently of the host aircraft.

In addition, the Nano SPEAR features an advanced digital receiver, DRFM, and a sophisticated EW technique generator. This cutting-edge technology allows it to handle the most advanced radar threats. The system is launched via a standard Counter Measure Dispenser System (CMDS), providing effective RF protection to legacy and new platforms.

“We are proud to enable our customers high-end protection capabilities to increase their platform survivability and aircrew safety,” said Oren Sabag, General Manager of Elbit Systems ISTAR & EW. “We will continue to invest significant R&D efforts to supply the most advanced, cutting edge, and cost-effective solutions guaranteeing comprehensive protection and mission success.”