Press Release: EADS Defence & Security protects South Korean Soldiers

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  • Latest technology air traffic control and identification systems to be integrated in new Low Altitude Radar of the Korean Armed Forces
  • Reliable identification helps to avoid accidental attacks on own forces

10 November 2009 – EADS Defence & Security (DS) provides for the newly developed Low Altitude Radar of the Korean Armed Forces the latest technology identification systems. According to an announcement made by the company, Defence Electronics (DE), an integrated activity of DS, has been awarded a contract by the South Korean company LIG Nex1 to deliver four MSSR 2000 I IFF (= Identification Friend or Foe) systems.

IFF systems, so-called secondary surveillance radars (SSR), precisely collect data such as origin, course, speed etc. of individual aircraft by automatically sending interrogation signals which are answered by so-called transponders on-board the incoming aircraft. This data exchange in the military field is based upon encrypted signals which cannot be analyzed or jammed by hostile forces.

“Providing latest technology identification systems like MSSR 2000 I increases situational awareness for allied forces” explained Bernd Wenzler, CEO of Defence Electronics “and therefore increases mission success and security for airborne and ground forces.”

The MSSR 2000 I interrogator meets both the latest air traffic control standard “Mode S” and the latest military standard “Mode 5”, which greatly improve aircraft identification queries. Recording and tracking flight movements precisely, provides a complete picture of air traffic and helps to avoid traffic collisions or – in military missions – friendly fire.

Defence Electronics has delivered many IFF systems to several NATO nations for ground and naval applications. For example, the MSSR 2000 I interrogator is operated by the naval forces of Germany, France, Norway and Finland for the military friend-or-foe identification (IFF). Furthermore, DS is also active in the field of civil Air Traffic Control. DE’s identification systems are used for air traffic control in such countries as Portugal and the Philippines.

Defence Electronics is an integrated activity of EADS Defence & Security (DS). DS is a systems solutions provider for armed forces and civil security worldwide. Its portfolio ranges from sensors and secure networks through missiles to aircraft and UAVs as well as global security, service and support solutions. In 2008, DS – with around 23,000 employees – achieved revenues of € 5.7 billion. EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2008, EADS generated revenues of € 43.3 billion and employed a workforce of about 118,000.

Photo caption:

MSSR secondary radar, as used in the Philippines.

Contact:

Lothar Belz Tel.: +49 (0) 731.392.3681



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