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Country of originIsrael
TypeSolid-state active electronically scanned array (AESA) fire control radar
Range200 km for surface and sea targets, 300 km for aerial targets.
Power≈10 kw peak

The Elta 2052 or EL/M-2052 is an X-Band airborne Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) fire control radar (FCR) designed for fighter aircraft to support air-to-air combat and strike missions. Currently, it is fitted in the SEPECAT Jaguar[1] as part of the Indian Air Force (IAF) DARIN III upgrade program.[2] The radar is also fitted in HAL Tejas,[3] and could also be used on other fighter aircraft such as F-15, MiG-29, Mirage 2000 , and FA-50 Block 20.

The FCR is based on fully solid-state active phased array technology. The radar has multi-target tracking capabilities, able to track up to 64 targets simultaneously.[4] The EL/M-2052 radar incorporates operational feedback from Israeli Air Force combat pilots.[5] In the air-to-air mode, the radar enables long-range multi-target detection and enables simultaneous weapon deliveries in combat engagements.[6]

The Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) capabilities of the radar include high-resolution mapping, ground/surface moving target detection, and tracking using Real Beam Mapping (RBM), Doppler Beam Sharpening (DBS), in addition to Air to Ground Ranging (AGR). The radar system also provides long-range target detection and tracking, including target classification capabilities (RS, ISAR).[7]


A Chinese company based in Beijing called NAV Technologies has marketed a radar similar to the Elta 2052. It is said to have caused an investigation in Washington for a connection between Israel and Beijing, but Elta has denied it.[8]


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  2. ^ Pubby, Manu (2018-05-10). "Israeli super radars set to give desi LCA fighter jet enhanced combat capability". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  3. ^ Gady, Franz-Stefan. "India Selects Israeli Radar and Electronic Warfare Suite For Tejas Light Combat Aircraft". thediplomat.com. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  4. ^ "EL/M-2052 AESA Radar". Archived from the original on 2009-02-01. Retrieved 2009-01-31.
  5. ^ Opall-Rome, Barbara; Minnick, Wendell (2015-08-17). "Chinese Firm Claims To Offer Israeli AESA Radar". Defense News. Retrieved 2023-01-10.
  6. ^ "Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. - Groups Elta Number Products ELM-2052 Systems Airborne Fighters". www.iai.co.il.
  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-12-21. Retrieved 2022-03-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Minnick, Usman Ansari, Wendell (8 August 2017). "Chinese Radar Strongly Resembles Israeli Product".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)