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Raytheon modernising the Brazilian Air Force's surveillance radars across the Amazon, the company announced on 24 March.

The company will upgrade seven legacy radars to the next-generation Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar CONDOR MK3 system, increasing efficiency and reducing energy consumption. The new, more advanced CONDOR Mk3 introduces new features, such as automatic adaptive power control, fully configurable software, a high-duty cycle transmitter and built-in ADS-B, all in a much smaller footprint.

"This modernisation effort expands our long-term partnership in Brazil with the Commission for Implementation of the Brazilian Air Space Control System," commented Matt Gilligan, Vice President of Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. "The CONDOR Mk3 is a highly reliable and low-maintenance system that will maintain the safety of the airspace in the Amazon for many years to come."

The legacy radars were previously installed by Raytheon in the early 2000s as part of the ‘System for the Vigilance of the Amazon’ (SIVAM) project and have been in continuous operation since its installation.

"This modernisation has the main goal to maintain the high levels of air traffic control quality, in compliance with International aviation atandards through surveillance technology, ensuring operational safety conditions in the Amazon region," observed Maj-Gen Sérgio Rodrigues Pereira Bastos Jr., president of the Airspace Control System Implementation Commission (CISCEA) in Brazil.

The MSSR CONDOR MK3 in operation. (Photo: Raytheon UK)

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