German Armed Forces to equip military airfields with Airbus’ surveillance systems

24 October 2016 (Last Updated October 24th, 2016 18:30)

The German Armed Forces will equip their military airfields with Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security's (EBS) aerodrome surveillance radar (ASR).

The German Armed Forces will equip their military airfields with Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security's (EBS) aerodrome surveillance radar (ASR).

The Transport Helicopter Regiment 30 at Niederstetten Air Base has taken delivery of the first ASR system for the German Army, as part of a modernisation programme.

Airbus will deliver a total of 20 ASR systems to Germany, which 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 airfields and airspace surveillance within a radius of 110km to safely coordinate military flight movements with civil air traffic, EBS said in a statement.

Airbus DS EBS CEO Thomas Müller said: “ASR offers extraordinary performance, as proven in an extensive test phase.

"The sophisticated signal processing guarantees reliable and exact target tracking even under difficult environmental conditions."

“In particular, the sophisticated signal processing guarantees reliable and exact target tracking even under difficult environmental conditions.”

The ASR features a primary radar based on a semiconductor transmitter and signal processing technology for wide-area surveillance.

It is combined with the MSSR 2000 I secondary radar to automatically identify aircraft.

The secondary radar is compliant with the new 'Mode S' air traffic control standard, which is said to improve aircraft identification queries and is currently being introduced in the Central European airspace.

Airbus' ASR-S is being used at German Air Force bases in Laupheim, Büchel and Wittmund.


Image: Airbus' ASR systems will replace 30-year-old radars in German military airfields. Photo: courtesy of Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security.