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Hensoldt continues to make progress in the installation of its Aerodrome Surveillance Radar – Series (ASR-S) to modernise German military air traffic control (ATC) capabilities, the company announced on 15 July.

With a further ASR-S system having recently been handed over to the German procurement authority BAAINBw and the Air Mobility Training Centre in Celle-Wietzenbruch, 17 of 20 radar systems in total have now been supplied to and accepted by the customer. Following the successful final acceptance test, programme manager Thomas Oswald handed the latest radar over to the training centre commander, Col Jörn Rohmann.

The ASR systems being provided by Hensoldt under a €250 million BAAINBw contract are intended to replace legacy systems. The new radars are being used for approach control at the airfields themselves and for airspace surveillance within a radius of over 100km, in order to safely coordinate military flight movements with civil air traffic.

As a facility for all branches of the armed forces, the Air Mobility Training Centre, which is subordinate to the German Army Training Command in Leipzig, facilitates testing of and training in different methods and processes in cooperation between ground forces and aircraft.

Hensoldt has received orders for a complete approach control system for the Swiss Air Force, as well as for different ASR versions for the German civil air traffic control authority DFS, Australia, the UK and Canada.


The ASR-S radar is improving air traffic control and air surveillance at German military airfields. (Photo: Hensoldt)

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