The modernisation of air traffic control at German military airfields through the installation of the ASR-S radar system by Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security has gained in momentum. The delivery of an ASR system to the German Air Force’s technical training centre South at Lagerlechfeld Air Base near Augsburg and to the technical centre WTD 61 in Manching means that the fifth and sixth unit of altogether 20 radar systems have now been delivered.
The ASR systems will replace the 30-year-old radars which have been used until now in military air traffic control. The new radars will be used for approach control at the airfields themselves and for airspace surveillance within a radius of 100 km to coordinate military flight movements with civil air traffic. The ASR-S is already in service at Laupheim, Büchel and Wittmund as well as at Niederstetten.
The ASR consists of a primary and a secondary radar system. The MSSR 2000 I secondary radar is also deployed by the naval forces of Germany, France, Norway and Finland for military friend-or-foe identification.