The largest radar system ever built by Israel, the new ULTRA-C1, has been completed and is being hailed as a major game changer in radar technology.
The size of the radar unit, built by Israeli Aerospace Industries, is that of a small office building of four or five stories high. The mass size of the unit makes it easier to track multiple objects over large distances.
While the radar will not be immediately implemented into use by the IDF, it is likely that the new system will go into service sometime within the next few years, according to a recent report by Ynet.
The ULTRA-C1 system comes in varying sizes and can be modulated depending upon requirements of the mission. It allows the user to perform high-frequency scanning operations, regardless of its surroundings, and will even operate in high electromagnetic density environments, something which has been a hindrance to other radar systems.
ULTRA-C1 is portable and has the capability of identifying planes and drones at distances of up to 500 kilometers (310 miles) away. The more advanced system can identify ballistic missiles being launched from thousands of kilometers away and is also capable of detecting enemy satellites in space.
The radar scans electronically the desired area to provide more accurate readings and allows for easier identification of objects than its predecessors, the Iron Dome and David’s Sling missile defense systems. Unlike those systems, the ULTRA-C1 can function both independently as well as in sync with a larger air defense grid should the need arise.