Airbus DS is currently equipping the military airfields in Germany with the ASR (Aerodrome Surveillance Radar) airport surveillance radar as part of a modernization programme. The first ASR system for the German Army has now been handed over to the Transport Helicopter Regiment 30 at the Niederstetten Army Airfield. A total of 20 systems will be delivered altogether.

The new radars will be used for approach control at the airfields themselves and for airspace surveillance within a radius of 60nm to safely coordinate military flight movements with civil air traffic. The radar handed over to the Niederstetten Army Airfield is the fourth system in this product series, and the first system delivered to the army. The ASR-S is already in service at the German Air Force bases in Laupheim, Büchel and Wittmund.

The ASR comprises primary radar based on a semiconductor transmitter and special signal processing technology for wide-area surveillance. It is combined with the MSSR 2000 I secondary radar for the automatic identification of aircraft. This secondary radar meets the new “Mode S” air traffic control standard.

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