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August 19, 2015

Airbus to equip Australian airfields with airport surveillance sensors

Airbus Defence and Space has secured a contract worth around €130m from Australia's new Capability, Acquisition and Sustainment Group to equip and support nine military and civil/military Australian airfields with airport surveillance sensors.

By Samseer M

ASR-NG

Airbus Defence and Space has secured a contract worth around €130m from Australia’s new Capability, Acquisition and Sustainment Group to equip and support nine military and civil/military Australian airfields with airport surveillance sensors.

For this project, called AIR 5431 Phase 2 fixed defence air traffic control surveillance sensors, Airbus will install ten airport surveillance radar, next generation (ASR-NG) radars to offer improved input into the Australian National Air Traffic Management Surveillance picture.

In addition, it will support to achieve air battle management missions.

Airbus Defence and Space Electronics business line head Thomas Müller said: "ASR-NG provides outstanding performance for wide-area surveillance around airbases as well as safe guidance of individual aircraft during take-off and landing."

The sensors under this order, including nine complete and one training system, are expected to be delivered by the end of 2020.

The Airbus solution also includes the secondary radar MSSR 2000 I that enables reliable individual identification of more than two thousand transponder-equipped aircraft at a time.

"ASR-NG provides outstanding performance for wide-area surveillance around airbases as well as safe guidance of individual aircraft during take-off and landing."

In addition, the ASR-NG will be able to mitigate wind farm effects, and also features a significant increase of the primary radar’s detection range to 12nm.

It also offers a new 3D height measurement of the primary radar and is resistant to interference by 4G / LTE mobile phone signals.

With its new primary radar 3D height measurement capability, ASR-NG reduces the gap between a tactical medium range air surveillance radar and a classical air traffic control radar, the company stated.

The system integrates with the monopulse secondary surveillance radar (MSSR 2000 I) for automatic identification of individual cooperative aircraft and meets the requirements for the military and highly encrypted identification ‘Mode 5’, as well as the civil air traffic control ‘Mode S’ and ‘ADS-B’.


Image: New technologies offer Airbus Defence and Space’s ASR-NG air surveillance radar additional detection capabilities. Photo: Airbus Defence and Space

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