Hensoldt announced in Madrid on 5 March at the World ATM Congress that it is launching a new variant of its powerful ASR air traffic control (ATC) radar. Dubbed ASR-NG Deployable, the new radar complies with all ICAO, Eurocontrol and safety standards for both civil and military ATC. It combines this with air transportability in a single aircraft and a deployment time of under six hours. The first ASR-NG will be delivered to the launch customer later this year.
The ASR radars consist of an integrated primary and secondary radar system each. The primary radar helps to detect non-cooperative objects, such as small aircraft that do not have transponders or hostile aircraft. It is based on a semiconductor transmitter and includes special signal processing techniques for wide-area surveillance and windfarm mitigation. The secondary radar, MSSR 2000 I, ensures the automatic identification of cooperative aircraft. This secondary radar meets the new Mode S/Mode 5 air traffic control standard, which greatly improves aircraft identification queries and is currently being introduced in all NATO and allied forces.
“The versatility of our new product combined with ASR-NG’s superior performance makes it ideally suited for ATC purposes in joint and combined missions of expeditionary units. Thus, it allows for maximum efficiency of combined air, ground and naval forces while contributing to safe operations and avoidance of friendly fire,” explained the company’s CEO, Thomas Müller.
HENSOLDT supplies customers all over the world with air traffic control and identification systems for military and civilian applications. The company has received orders for a complete approach control system for the Swiss Air Force as well as for different versions of the ASR to be supplied to Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS), UK, Australia and Canada.