EADS Defence & Security has won a mega radar deal: the Ulm, Germany-based firm gets to equip 20-odd German military airfields with up-to-date radar and identification systems in a program worth over 250 million euros ($392 million).
The contract was signed July 4 between EADS and the German Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB).
Accordingly, EADS Defence Electronics (DE), an integrated Business Unit of EADS DS, is to deliver 22 ASR-S radar systems and identification systems in line with the latest standards of air traffic control by 2015.
Today's order has been in the works for several years. EADS has built a trial set-up at Buchel Air Base in the Eifel region, home of the German air force's Fighter Bomber Wing 33 (JBG 33) which operates two frontline squadrons of Tornado IDS strike aircraft. Photo: EADS
The systems will replace 30-year-old radars which have been used until now in German military air traffic control. They will be used for approach control at the airfields and for airspace surveillance within a large radius to safely coordinate, amongst other things, military flight movements with civil air traffic.
“Air traffic, especially in Europe, has become so dense,” explained Bernd Wenzler, CEO of Defence Electronics, “that air traffic control can no longer manage without the most modern radar and automatic identification systems.”
ATC operator workstation used with the ASR-S system. Photo: EADS
Dr. Elmar Compans, Head of Sensors & Product Support, says that “the ASR's sophisticated signal processing guarantees reliable and exact target tracking even under difficult environmental conditions.”
The ASR consists of a primary radar on the basis of a semiconductor transmitter and state-of-the-art signal processing technology for long-range surveillance of the surroundings of the military airfields and a secondary radar for automatic identification of individual aircraft.
This secondary radar (MSSR) meets the latest air traffic control standard “Mode S”, which greatly improves aircraft identification queries and is due to be introduced in Central European airspace by 2009.
Recording and tracking flight movements precisely, the combination provides a complete picture of air traffic and helps to avoid traffic holdups or collisions.
EADS Defence Electronics has supplied the MSSR secondary radar for deployment on Finnish, French, German and Norwegian naval vessels for military friend-or-foe identification.
The company's identification systems are also used for air traffic control in such countries as Portugal, Bulgaria and the Philippines.