Airbus Defence and Space delivers most powerful airport surveillance radar to German Air Force


The airport surveillance radar will increase flight safety and improve the efficient use of airspace at Air Wing 33’s Büchel Airbase, in Germany.

Airbus Defence and Space is to equip the military airfields in Germany with the most powerful airport surveillance radar (ASR) available today, which will increase flight safety and improve the efficient use of airspace. With the inauguration of the first ASR system at Air Wing 33’s Büchel Airbase, the company started the hand-over of 23 radars, which are under contract within a €250 million upgrade programme of the German procurement authority.

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 airfield itself and for airspace surveillance within a radius of 60NM (110km) to safely co-ordinate, among other things, military flight movements with civil air traffic.

“ASR offers an extraordinary performance proven in an extensive test phase,” said Thomas Müller, head of Airbus Defence and Space’s Electronics business line. “In particular, the sophisticated signal processing guarantees reliable and exact target tracking even under difficult environmental conditions.”

The ASR consists of a primary radar on the basis of a semiconductor transmitter and a state-of-the-art signal processing technology for long-range surveillance. It is combined with the MSSR 2000 I secondary radar for automatic identification of individual aircraft. This secondary radar meets the new air traffic control standard “Mode S”, which greatly improves aircraft identification queries and is currently to be introduced in Central European airspace.