IAI – Israel Missile Defense Organization Initiates Testing for Deployment of an “Elevated Sensor”

November 03, 2021- The Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) in the Directorate of Defense R&D of the Israel Ministry of Defense, commenced inflation of a High Availability Aerostat System (HAAS) and initial testing for deployment of an Elevated Sensor (ES) system in Northern Israel at facilities established by the MOD. 

Following years of development and manufacturing, the IMDO, Israeli Air Force and ELTA, Israel Aerospace Industries' subsidiary and prime contractor for the ES program, began initial inflation operations in recent days. The HAAS is one of the world’s largest aerostats, developed and manufactured by TCOM, a U.S. company specializing in aerostat surveillance solutions. It is designed to carry an improved sensing system, to provide detection and early warning of advanced threats. 

The ES system is comprised of the HAAS and an advanced radar designed to detect incoming threats at long ranges when operating at high altitudes. It will provide additional detection and early warning capabilities to the existing operational air defense detection array deployed around Israel. This radar system was developed under a cooperative program between IMDO and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA).

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