Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security (EBS) is currently equipping military airfields in Germany with its Aerodrome Surveillance Radar (ASR), a powerful airport surveillance radar, as part of a modernisation programme. The first ASR system for theGerman Army has now been handed over to the Transport Helicopter Regiment 30 at Niederstetten Air Force Base. A total of 20 systems will be delivered altogether.
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 60nm (110km) 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.
“ASR offers extraordinary performance, as proven in an extensive test phase,” Thomas Müller, CEO of Airbus DS EBS, explained. “In particular, the sophisticated signal processing guarantees reliable and exact target tracking even under difficult environmental conditions.”
The ASR comprises a 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, which greatly improves aircraft identification queries and is currently being introduced in the Central European airspace.
EBS supplies air traffic control and identification systems in the military and civilian sector worldwide. For example, the company delivers a complete approach control system for the Swiss Air Force. Other ASR versions are under contract to be delivered to Australia and Canada. 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. For civil and military air traffic control, these identification systems are used, for example, in Germany, France, USA, UK, Bulgaria, or the Philippines.
EBS is a 100% subsidiary of Airbus Defence & Space, but after the first quarter of 2017, the company will appear under the brand name of Hensoldt, following the tradition of a German pioneer of sensor technology whose name stands for the combination of excellence, innovation and efficiency.