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German radars delivered for Australian air traffic control

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Hensoldt’s ASR-NG at Oakey Army Aviation Centre near Brisbane (Source Hensoldt)

Munich-based Hensoldt’s delivery of key ASR-NG air traffic control systems as part of the RAAF AIR 5431 Phase 2 is picking up steam, with the second final system completed in support of key nation-wide air traffic management upgrades.

AIR 5431 Phase 2 and the Fixed Defence Air Traffic Control Surveillance Sensors (FDATCSS) program has seen the Air Force purchase nine ASR-NG based FDATCSS and one Operational Maintenance Trainer (OMT).

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The installation poses particular challenges because the area covered comes close to the area of western Europe. Due to the location requirements for the final systems at two of the sites, two interim systems are being installed to provide the customer with continuous radar coverage while the legacy radars are removed and replaced in situ with the new Hensoldt solutions.

Oakey near Brisbane, the second final system, now has completed site installation and joins East Sale, the first interim system, in the Gippsland of southern Victoria and Tindal, the first final system, which is installed in the far north of Australia.

All systems are now in the set-to-work phase, which will lead to site acceptance testing and then operations. Tindal is expected to be operational in November 2018. Nowra interim is currently being installed at the Naval Air Station Nowra (part of HMAS Albatross in NSW). Additionally, the OMT has just ‘powered-on’ at the RAAF training facility at RAAF Base Amberley near Brisbane. In the project execution, Hensoldt is working together with Australian partners IE-Asia Pacific and Nova Systems. 

The proposed facilities include a requirement for new or refurbished air traffic control towers and airfield systems complex facilities to house the new air traffic management system, sensor equipment buildings to support new sensors, working accommodation to house operational maintenance trainers for both Phase 2 and Phase 3 to support technical training, and upgrading the School of Air Traffic Control to support the training of joint battlefield airspace control officers.

Hensoldt supplies customers all over the world with air traffic control and identification solutions for military and civilian applications. Among others, the company has equipped the German Armed Forces’ airfields with the ASR-S (Airport Surveillance Radar, S-Band) airport surveillance radar and is delivering a complete approach control system for the military airfields in Switzerland.

Different versions of its new ASR-NG radar are under contract by Canada and the UK. The MSSR 2000 I secondary radar is deployed for military friend-or-foe identification by the naval forces of Germany, France, Norway and Finland.

German radars delivered for Australian air traffic control
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