IAI Elta Multi-Sensor ELM-2084 MMR Radar (video clip)

In a striking display of military prowess, Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defense recently showcased its artillery might, prominently featuring the Israeli Elta's ELM-2084 radar. This high-tech radar, developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), was seen in a dramatic video released by the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense. The footage vividly captured an artillery exercise involving the formidable 2S19 Msta-S self-propelled howitzers and 2A36 Giatsint-B towed guns, underscoring Azerbaijan's advanced military capabilities.

The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense confirmed that its land forces are deploying a specialized, compact version of the ELM-2084 multi-mission radar to enhance their artillery units. The video not only highlighted the radar’s role in the exercise but also demonstrated its integration with Azerbaijan’s artillery systems, showcasing a seamless blend of precision and power.

This revelation comes as no surprise to military analysts. According to Janes, Azerbaijan's possession of the ELM-2084 radar was already known, with previous sightings dating back to April 2020. Back then, the radar was part of a deployment alongside the IAI Barak-8 air-defense system north of Baku. Additionally, a smaller version of the ELM-2084 was likely spotted during President Ilham Aliyev's visit to a new base in Beylagan in February 2019. A statement from the president’s office described the radar as a “universal radar complex” designed to support artillery units and monitor enemy fire.

Azerbaijan’s acquisition of Israeli defense technology doesn't stop there. In March, Azerbaijani media outlet Aze.Media reported that the nation procured Israel's Sky Dew system, a sophisticated aerial threat detection system. The Sky Dew, an advanced observation and detection balloon, is engineered to integrate seamlessly within the broader air defense network. It enhances air control by providing long-range radar and detection capabilities against advanced threats. Manufactured by the US-based TCOM and equipped with radar systems from IAI’s ELTA division, Sky Dew represents the pinnacle of aerial surveillance technology.

The capabilities of Sky Dew are nothing short of extraordinary. It can conduct surveillance missions continuously for several days, tracking up to 500 targets at ranges exceeding 250 kilometers. This technological marvel not only fortifies Azerbaijan's defenses but also underscores its strategic partnership with Israel.

In a parallel development, the first Sky Dew system was delivered to the Israel Air Force in March 2022. This massive aerial detection system, developed jointly by Israel's Ministry of Defense, the Defense Research and Development Directorate (DDR&D - MAFAT), and the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA), enhances Israel's operational picture against threats on the Lebanese border. After a brief hiatus, the Sky Dew resumed operations in January 2024, reinforcing Israel's aerial surveillance capabilities.

Sky Dew, one of the largest systems of its kind, monitors various aerial threats, including cruise missiles and drones. The collaboration between Israel and Azerbaijan in deploying these cutting-edge technologies not only highlights the strength of their defense ties but also sets a new benchmark in modern warfare capabilities.

In conclusion, Azerbaijan's strategic deployment of Israeli radar technology, including the ELM-2084 and Sky Dew systems, marks a significant leap in its military modernization efforts. These advancements not only bolster Azerbaijan's defensive and offensive capabilities but also demonstrate the powerful synergy between Israeli innovation and Azerbaijani military strategy.

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