ELM-2090 Terra Dual Band Radar

- , November 1, 2018

Quick Facts

Role and Mobility Early Warning and Tracking, Extended Air and Missile Defense Coverage, and Long-Range Detection; Fixed Position Radar
Frequency UHF- and S-Band

UHF-Band: 500 km

S-Band: Very Long

Air Defense Interceptor Systems N/A
Targets Ballistic Missiles, Satellites, Air Breathing Targets, and Low Radar-Cross-Section (RCS) Class Stealth Targets
Status/Exports Operational; None
Producer Israel Aerospace Industries


The ELM-2090 Terra radar is an Israeli Dual Band Radar comprised of the ELM-2090s Spectra S-Band radar and the ELM-2090U Ultra UHF-Band Radar.[i] It has been designed to offer extended air- and missile-defense coverage against new and evolving air threats. Combining the long-range capabilities of the UHF radar and the high resolution offered by the S-Band radar, Terra offers very long range and large volume search, accurate tracking, and target classification for various threat targets.[ii]

Strategic Implications

The Terra Dual Band Radar is strategically valuable because of its automatic handover and redundancy between the two radars, combined with improved target load sharing, Electronic Counter-Counter Measures (ECCM), and severe weather resilience.[iii] The Terra can also provide countries with accurate prediction of impact and launch point estimation, making it particularly invaluable in high conflict areas, like the Middle East.[iv]


November 2015: The Terra Radar Becomes Operational[v]

Recent News

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[i] http://www.iai.co.il/2013/32981-46515-en/MediaRoom.aspx

[ii] https://defense-update.com/20151108_terra.html

[iii] http://www.iai.co.il/2013/32981-46515-en/MediaRoom.aspx

[iv] https://defense-update.com/20151108_terra.html

[v] https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2015/11/11/New-radar-system-announced-by-Israeli-company/7641447249885/