HENSOLDT, a provider of sensors, will present its broad range of sensor technologies at Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2018 in Kuala Lumpur/Malaysia. HENSOLDT has been formed from the security and defence electronics activities of Airbus and develops innovative products for reconnaissance and intelligence, the protection of soldiers and information superiority. “We bring together all the essential sensor technologies providing our customers with information superiority any time,” explained CEO Thomas Müller. In the radar domain, the presentation includes the TRS-4D naval radar, which is at present being installed on the new German Navy frigates and the US Navy Littoral Combat Ship, the TRML-3D land-based air defence radar and the MK11 navigation radar. From the Kelvin Hughes portfolio, the company will be demonstrating both its naval radar technology and land-based security products. The SharpEye Doppler radar is at the heart of these solutions which provides small target detection in clutter environments.Sferion is an advanced pilot assistance system that protects helicopters in restricted visibility conditions and prevents non-hostile losses Self-protection devices to UAVs The protection of helicopters, wide-body and fighter aircraft is the main purpose of the portfolio of self-protection devices including the MILDS and MILDS F missile approach warners, the laser warner ALTAS and the self-protection suite AMPS. Furthermore, the latest threats by small drones can be countered by means of the XPeller counter-UAV system comprising a number of sensors from radar through optical to acoustic sensors. A powerful combination of optronic devices provides the SERO250 submarine periscope constituting an optimal solution for retrofit programmes. The ARGOS-II HD is a multi-sensor system for airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions which can be fitted with high-definition (HD) infrared and daylight cameras as well as laser rangefinders and laser illuminators. Also on display is Sferion, the most advanced pilot assistance system, which protects helicopters in restricted visibility conditions and prevents the most significant causes of non-hostile losses.
HENSOLDT, an independent sensor house, is developing an innovative airborne multi-mission surveillance radar that will provide the armed forces and border protection authorities with unprecedented situational awareness and extremely short reaction times. The software-defined radar named PrecISRTM (derived from ‘precise’, pronunciation: ‘priˈsaiser’) translates latest achievements in active array and digital receiver technology into a scalable high-performance sensor that can be installed aboard helicopters, UAVs and fixed-wing mission aircrafts. Its superior precision and target accuracy make it the sensor of choice for surveillance of large sea and coastal areas against piracy, trafficking or illicit intrusion. “HENSOLDT capitalises on decades of experience in airborne and space radar”, explains HENSOLDT CEO Thomas Müller. “We are able to translate our unique radar capabilities into an innovative product which gives defence and security forces more and better information to counter threats to their citizens’ safety and well-being.” PrecISR radar Due to its software-defined radar modes and electronic beam steering, PrecISR can fulfil different tasks virtually at the same time. It is able to detect, track and classify thousands of objects and thus literally find the ‘needle in a haystack’. Because of its compact design and the fact that all power consuming parts are located outside of the airframe, the airborne platform integration of PrecISR is simplified significantly compared to other radars. PrecISR is in the full-scale development phase. A fully functional flying demonstrator is expected to exist in about one year’s time and a series product in 2020.
The SPEXER 2000 3D radar developed by HENSOLDT proved its excellent detection capabilities; in particular against asymmetric threats, on the occasion of two customer demonstrations under real operational conditions. “Powerful sensors are essential for protection against asymmetric attacks,” said HENSOLDT CEO Thomas Müller summing up the demonstration results. “Our SPEXER 2000 3D provided proof of its capabilities at a demonstrator level in a direct comparison with radar systems of all sizes.” Advance warning in emergency situations During the first demonstration at Putlos military training ground near Fehmarn, the radar, as a ‘mobile platform’ onboard the US destroyer USS James E. Williams, detected live fire in the form of very low flying Milan anti-tank missiles launched from the mainland. And what’s more, it achieved this in record time and with the greatest precision. Thanks to the early confirmation of the direction, velocity and type of threat while the missiles were still over the mainland, and not when they were already over the sea, the ship would have had advance warning of ten seconds in a real emergency situation, which in such cases of threat would have been regarded as nothing less than “comfortable”. When it comes to protecting field camps or ships in coastal waters, sensor performance needs to be particularly efficient at close range The second demonstration took place at a different training ground and involved a wider circle of customers. The task was to detect UAVs of different sizes and flying at different speeds at distances between 100 metres and 5 kilometres. Moreover, a space with an azimuth angle of +/-60° and an elevation angle of more than 10° was to be covered. The same demonstration equipment also passed this test with distinction. Ground surveillance missions SPEXER 2000 is optimised for ground surveillance missions. With its high Doppler and velocity resolution as well as its strong clutter suppression, it is able to reliably detect, track and classify very small and slowly moving objects such as pedestrians, but also extremely fast objects such as guided missiles. This means that the system is perfectly suited for early warning of asymmetric attacks. Thanks to the beam control in elevation, the 3D-radar is capable of performing the tasks required for monitoring asymmetric threats flexibly and reliably while in motion (ship, vehicle) or on the ground, thus significantly improving the protection of the troops deployed. When it comes to protecting field camps or ships in coastal waters, sensor performance needs to be particularly efficient at close range and with regards to suppression of disruptive background echoes – the so-called “clutter”. However, these capabilities are not often provided in the necessary quality by existing military systems, such as large naval radar systems, as they are usually optimised for other parameters.
The newly formed sensor house HENSOLDT presents its broad range of sensor technologies at DSEi 2017. HENSOLDT has been formed from the security and defence electronics activities of Airbus and develops innovative products for reconnaissance and intelligence, the protection of soldiers and information superiority. “We bring together all the essential sensor technologies providing our customers with information superiority any time,” explained CEO Thomas Müller. “As Innovation is part of our DNA, we have named our new company after Moritz Carl Hensoldt, who revolutionised optics and precision engineering in his time.” Sensor portfolio presentations At DSEi, HENSOLDT will present its latest developments in the area of radar, electronic warfare, optronics and situational awareness. In the field of IFF, HENSOLDT reveals parts of its latest “Mode 5” equipment which is part of a €230M contract won together with Leonardo from the UK MOD. As “Team Skytale” HENSOLDT and Leonardo will upgrade the IFF equipment of more than 450 of the UK’s operational aircraft, naval vessels and air defence systems to the latest “Mode 5” standard. HENSOLDT’s presentation also includes the ASR, the most powerful airport surveillance radar in the world, the TRS-4D naval radar system, which is at present being installed on the new German Navy frigates and the US Navy Littoral Combat Ship, and the MILDS missile warning sensor, which is the leading warning sensor for helicopters and wide-body aircraft in the world. The Xpeller counter-UAV system is able to reliably detect small drones at various distances, thus protecting critical infrastructures, large events or military installations. Electro-Optical Targeting System Furthermore, HENSOLDT displays its Electro-Optical Targeting System EOTS II offering a choice of different day vision zoom cameras, including even a short-wave infrared (SWIR) option. The driver sight system SPECTUS II features a low light level TV camera (LLLTV) with an image quality at night almost paralleling that of a residual light amplifier. The ARGOS-II HD A1 multi-sensor system for airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions which can be fitted with High Definition (HD) infrared and daylight cameras as well as laser rangefinders and laser illuminators. The LEO-III HD is the new generation airborne observation system with HD sensors and video outputs setting new standards in the law enforcement and paramilitary reconnaissance applications. Also on display is Sferion, the most advanced pilot assistance system, which protects helicopters in restricted visibility conditions and prevents the most significant causes of non-hostile losses.
HENSOLDT will provide leading edge technology solutions to armed forces and security agencies Following the closing of the transaction between Airbus Group SE and KKR, an investment firm, a new European defence company headquartered in Germany, HENSOLDT, has been launched. The new company employs 4000 highly qualified staff, about 3400 in Germany and 600 in South Africa. The main industrial sites are Taufkirchen/Munich, Ulm, Friedrichshafen, and Oberkochen in Germany and Pretoria in South Africa. A dedicated representative office in Berlin has been established and several offices represent the new enterprise in countries like India, US, Chile, Brazil, South Korea and Spain. Members of Executive Committee The new company, headquartered in Taufkirchen close to Munich, will be led by an Executive Committee comprising CEO, Thomas Müller; Head of HR, Peter Fieser; Head of Finance, Axel Salzmann; and Head of Operations, Peter Schlote. Further members of the Executive Committee are Head of Electronic Warfare/Situational Awareness, Uwe Virkus; Head of Radar/IFF/Data links, Erwin Paulus, Head of Optronics, Andreas Hülle; Head of Sales & Marketing, Sabine K. Hipp, Head of Strategic Business Development, Celia Pelaz; and General Counsel, Solms U. Wittig. The HENSOLDT brand derives from Moritz Carl Hensoldt (1821-1903), a German pioneer of optics and precision mechanics who developed benchmark technology solutions and products in his field. The name HENSOLDT stands for premium solutions, combining excellence, innovation, and efficiency. Key product lines HENSOLDT will provide leading edge technology solutions to armed forces and security agencies. Firmly grounded in its three product lines—Optronics, Radar/IFF/Datalink, and Electronic Warfare/Situational Awareness—the company offers sensor solutions for air, sea, and land applications. This includes the protection of critical infrastructures, air defence, airborne self-protection, vehicle and convoy protection, signal intelligence and data links, as well as night vision, thermal imaging, laser rangefinding, and optronic targeting. Furthermore, the portfolio comprises mission avionics equipment, such as computers, mission planning devices, and situational awareness systems for helicopters.PUMA and LEOPARD II armoured vehicles HENSOLDT employs 4000 highly qualified staff, about 3400 in Germany and 600 in South Africa HENSOLDT is a key contributor to major European defence acquisition programs and has demonstrated its global reach by winning a number of international contracts. Among the most prominent air and space platforms equipped by HENSOLDT are the F-16, Eurofighter, Gripen and Rafale combat aircraft, the Tandem-X and EDRS-A satellites, the A400M transport aircraft, as well as helicopters of various types. Furthermore, the company provides mission-critical equipment to the PUMA and LEOPARD II armoured vehicles, the class 212 and 209 submarines, the US Navy Freedom class Littoral Combat Ship and the German Navy F125 frigate. HENSOLDT’s sights and night vision optics have also been chosen for the German Future Soldier Programme Infanterist der Zukunft. XPeller counter-UAV system Innovation is deeply embedded in HENSOLDT’s DNA. Leading-edge solutions like the modular counter-UAV system XPeller, that protects critical infrastructures against drones and the passive radar system that provides a common air picture without any active emission stand proof of HENSOLDT’s highly advanced technologies. In addition, HENSOLDT advances a number of strategic technologies defined by the German government which are well equipped for a prominent role in future programs like TLVS, MKS-180, Eurofighter AESA radar, the Heavy Transport Helicopter and airborne SIGINT.
The ASR systems will replace the 30-year-old radars which were used until now in military air traffic control The modernisation of air traffic control at German military airfields through the installation of the ASR-S (Aerodrome Surveillance Radar, Series) by Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security (EBS), in future HENSOLDT, has gained in momentum. The delivery of an ASR system to the German Air Force’s technical training centre South (Untermeitingen) at Lagerlechfeld Air Base near Augsburg and to the technical centre WTD 61 in Manching means that the fifth and sixth unit of altogether 20 radar systems have now been delivered and accepted by the customer. Airspace surveillance 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 airfields themselves and for airspace surveillance within a radius of 100 km (60 NM, Manching: 80 NM) to safely coordinate military flight movements with civil air traffic. The ASR-S is already in service at the German Air Force bases in Laupheim, Büchel and Wittmund as well as at the Army air base in Niederstetten. “The ASR increases air traffic safety at strongly frequented airfields,” said Thomas Müller, CEO of the future HENSOLDT. “Special signal processing ensures, for example, that all aircraft are guided reliably and precisely during take-off and approach.” Mode S air traffic control standard “Special signal processing ensures, for example, that all aircraft are guided reliably and precisely during take-off and approach” The ASR consists of a primary and a secondary radar system. The primary radar helps to identify non-cooperative objects such as small aircraft that do not have transponders. It is based on a semiconductor transmitter and includes special signal processing techniques for wide-area surveillance. The secondary radar, MSSR 2000 I, ensures the automatic identification of cooperative aircraft. This secondary radar meets the new Mode S air traffic control standard, which greatly improves aircraft identification queries and is currently being introduced in the Central European airspace. MSSR 2000 I secondary radar EBS supplies air traffic control and identification systems in the military and civilian sector worldwide. For example, the company delivers a complete approach control system for the Swiss Air Force. Other ASR versions are under contract to be delivered to Australia and Canada. The MSSR 2000 I secondary radar is also deployed by the naval forces of Germany, France, Norway and Finland for military friend-or-foe identification. For civil and military air traffic control, these identification systems are used, for example, in Germany, France, the UK, or the USA.
Xpeller is able to protect sensitive areas against illicit intrusions of small drones, ranging from individual buildings through big events to airports Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security (EBS), future Hensoldt, has added a portable jamming system to its family of counter-UAV products which detect illicit intrusions of small drones over critical areas and offer electronic countermeasures minimising the risk of collateral damage. After several enhancements, the completed product family now will be christened Xpeller at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. “Together with our partners, we have created a modular counter-UAV system which is extremely effective,” said Thomas Müller, CEO of Airbus DS EBS, future Hensoldt. “Due to its versatility, it is able to offer maximum protection under a variety of conditions and ranges.” Xpeller product line The most recent addition to the Xpeller product line is a lightweight jamming system from South African Hensoldt subsidiary GEW Technologies completing the capability range of the existing portfolio. Up to now, the modular Xpeller product family consisted of future Hensoldt’s own products—radars, infrared cameras and long-range jammers—close-in RF detectors from Danish partner company myDefence and short-range optical-acoustic-RF sensors from US partner Dedrone. “Together with our partners, we have created a modular counter-UAV system which is extremely effective” The system offers very high effectiveness by combining sensor data from different sources with latest data fusion, signal analysis and jamming technologies. It uses radars, optical and other sensors to detect and identify the drone and assess its threat potential at ranges from a few hundred meters up to several kilometers depending on the type of drone. Based on an extensive threat library and real-time analysis of control signals a jammer then interrupts the link between drone and pilot and/or its navigation. The modular Xpeller system concept relies on the selection of individual devices from the product family depending on customer requirements and local conditions. Preventing illicit intrusionsWith the completion of the capability spectrum, Xpeller is able to protect sensitive areas against illicit intrusions of small drones, ranging from individual buildings through big events to airports. The name Xpeller derives from the verb to expel signifying the system’s capability to protect critical installations by driving away hostile vessels. Xpeller has been tested extensively at future Hensoldt’s own premises and during customer presentations in Germany, France, and Switzerland. An operational system is available on the market with delivery time depending on the required configuration.The christening of the Xpeller product family will take place at CES Las Vegas, South Hall 2, booth #25646, on Friday, 6th January 2017, 11 am.
The ASR-NG system (Airport Surveillance Radar - Next Generation) newly developed by Airbus Defence and Space has displayed globally unique detection capabilities for air traffic control radars in a series of flight tests and calibration measurements. ASR-NG (Airport Surveillance Radar Next Generation) “Our new ASR-NG has provided proof of its excellent performance,” said Thomas Müller, Head of Electronics and Border Security (EBS) at Airbus Defence and Space. As a result, air traffic control can become more efficient, and consequently safer, despite a rapid increase in the volume of air traffic, including extremely small and non-cooperative aircraft, and despite challenges caused by wind energy plants. In a two-day flight campaign at the EBS test facilities in Germany, the ASR-NG detected the Flight Calibration Services’ test aircraft of the type “Learjet” reliably in different scenarios. In particular, the radar system achieved excellent detection values when it came to small objects such as the Learjet at an extraordinarily great distance of 120 NM (approx. 220 km) and up to its maximum flight altitude of 45,000 ft (approx. 15 km). The ASR-NG was capable of this unique performance not only as a purely primary radar system, but also in conjunction with the secondary radar MSSR 2000 I (MSSR = Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar) in the so-called “full enhanced surveillance” mode in line with the new Mode S standard, which provides much more exact data on aircraft in a certain surveillance sector than previously. At the same time, the new signal processing algorithms and multiple parallel processing of the echoes received make it possible to suppress false echoes caused by wind turbines and to obtain a 3D altitude reading of the aircraft based on primary radar. The MSSR 2000 I is already being used in the air traffic control system of the German Armed Forces in a network working automatically (Mode S cluster). Serves military and civilian sector worldwide Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security supplies air traffic control and identification systems in the military and civilian sector worldwide. Amongst others, the company equips the German Armed Forces’ airports with the ASR-S (Airport Surveillance Radar, S-Band) airport surveillance radar and delivers a complete approach control system to Switzerland. In addition, the MSSR 2000I secondary radar is deployed by the naval forces of Germany, France, Norway and Finland for military friend-or-foe identification. For civil and military air traffic control, those identification systems are used, for example, in Germany, France, USA, UK, Bulgaria or the Philippines. EBS is a world leading provider of premium electronics in the areas of protection, surveillance and situational awareness. As a separate organisational unit within Airbus Defence and Space, it is managed according to arms-length principles serving the defence and security markets. It is the global No. 1 in missile warning systems, a leading provider of border surveillance equipment and THE German sensor house with a major position in the radar, optronics and electronic warfare markets. Customers benefit from the company’s strong heritage capitalising on renowned names such as Dasa, Siemens, Aerospatiale-Matra, Telefunken, Dornier and Zeiss. It employs today approx. 4,000 employees generating revenues of about €1 billion per year.
Airbus Defence and Space has developed a Counter-UAV System which detects illicit intrusions of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) over critical areas at long ranges and offers electronic countermeasures minimising the risk of collateral damage. “All over the world, incidents with universally available small drones have revealed a security gap with regards to critical installations such as military barracks, airports or nuclear plants”, says Thomas Müller, head of the Electronics business line at Airbus Defence and Space. “As a specialist in defence electronics, we have all the technologies in our portfolio and the integration knowledge which are needed to set up a quick-response protection system with extremely low false alarm rates”. Effective signal jamming and position tracking The system offers very high effectiveness by combining sensor data from different sources with latest data fusion, signal analysis and jamming technologies. It uses operational radars, infrared cameras and direction finders from Airbus Defence and Space’s portfolio to identify the drone and assess its threat potential at ranges between 5 and 10 kilometres. Based on an extensive threat library and real-time analysis of control signals, a jammer then interrupts the link between drone and pilot and/or its navigation. Furthermore, the direction finder tracks the position of the pilot who subsequently can be arrested. Due to the Smart Responsive Jamming Technology developed by Airbus Defence and Space, the jamming signals are blocking only the relevant frequencies used to operate the drone while other frequencies in the vicinity remain operational. Since the jamming technology contains versatile receiving and transmitting capabilities, more sophisticated measures like remote control classification and GPS spoofing can be utilised as well. This allows effective and specific jamming and also a controlled takeover of the UAV. The Counter-UAV System has been tested extensively at Airbus Defence and Space’s own premises and during customer presentations in Germany and France. Depending on the required configuration, an operational system would be available from mid-2016.
Airbus Defence & Space in Ulm - a centre for international radar technology For exactly 60 years now, the Airbus Defence and Space location in Ulm has been the “radar stronghold” in Germany and a centre for international radar technology. The anniversary celebrated now goes back to the time when the allies lifted the restrictions in place at that time following the Second World War: Following this decision, Telefunken opened their radar development and production facility in Ulm in 1955. Since then, the developers in Ulm have been involved in all the important radar projects in Germany, and later in multinational joint ventures as well, initially as part of AEG Telefunken, later as DASA and the successors of DASA. Their developments range from aircraft radar as well as naval and air defence radar systems to radar systems for satellites and air traffic control systems. Radar - indispensable for safety of civil aircraft “Radar is more than ever indispensable for the safety of civil aircraft as well as for all-weather military operations,” said Thomas Müller, Head of the Electronics Business Line at Airbus Defence and Space. “We are systematically forging ahead with the development of radar technology on the basis of our many years of experience and can therefore ensure that Germany has an important core technology.” Today’s development activities include structure integrated antennas which can be built into the outer skin of aircraft or drones, thus enabling all-round vision. Other aspects of radar development which will revolutionise the potential of reconnaissance and intelligence include multi-sensor data fusion and passive radar, which uses any emissions there may be for detection without betraying its position through its own emissions. TRS-4D naval radar system Innovation topics which Airbus Defence and Space has actually turned into current, market-ready products include multifunctional software-defined radar systems based on AESA technology. In this market segment, the company offers the TRS-4D naval radar system, which the F125 frigates of the German Navy and the Littoral Combat Ship of the US Navy will be equipped with. The so-called “Microwave Factory” at the Ulm location houses Europe’s largest automated production line for radio-frequency modules, thus providing the latest radar technology in the area of electronic beam control. In the 1970s, the radar experts in Ulm had played a decisive part in furthering a major technological advancement, the transition from analogue to digital radar technology and the progression from tube transmitters to semiconductor transmitters. At Airbus Defence and Space’s radar centre in Ulm, about 2,500 employees are working on the development and production of complex security electronics, in particular radars, electronic protection systems and digital radio systems. A large number of the employees are engineers, above all in the areas of communications engineering and electrical engineering.
RST provides system engineering & product manufacturing for aerospace customers worldwide Airbus Defence and Space continues its strategy of strengthening its core business and divesting non-core activities. The company has concluded an agreement to sell its subsidiary Rostock System Technik GmbH (RST) to Ferchau Engineering GmbH, Gummersbach. RST portfolio RST is headquartered in Rostock and employs 150 staff. The company provides system engineering as well as product manufacturing for aerospace customers worldwide. Design Office competencies comprise mechanics, electronics and software development. The product portfolio includes aircraft cabin simulators for crew emergency training for airlines, wire harnesses and ground & test equipment. RST has seen continuous positive development as part of the Airbus group for the last 25 years and become a trusted 1st Tier Supplier to all Airbus Divisions and Aerospace customers worldwide. “We have conducted an extensive selection process to ensure the best industrial set-up for further development of RST’s business”, said Thomas Müller, head of the Electronics business line of Airbus Defence and Space. “Ferchau and RST both serve their main customer Airbus with focus on premium engineering services particularly in the cabin and cargo area which gives their joint activities a strong strategic baseline”. Deliver high-quality engineering service Under the agreement, the new owner intends to maintain RST’s main site in Rostock and to allocate dedicated lead roles to it in cabin engineering as well as technical lead office for Space and Defence customers. RST will continue to deliver high-quality engineering services to Airbus Defence and Space. The acquisition is subject to final approval of the German anti-trust authorities. Details of the transaction have not been disclosed.
Companies jointly will produce core components of Airbus’s missile warning system Airbus Defence and Space is joining forces with Huneed Technologies Co. Ltd., Incheon/Republic of Korea, to provide the new Korean Utility Helicopter “Surion” with advanced missile warning systems. The companies signed a cooperation agreement aiming at Huneed Technologies to produce core electronics components of Airbus Defence and Space’s MILDS missile warning system (MILDS = Missile Launch Detection System). Since 2007, Airbus Defence and Space had been awarded several contracts reaching a multi-million dollar figure by Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) and Korea Aerospace Industries to develop and manufacture the missile warning system of the military helicopter “Surion” based on its proven MILDS system. Part of the production contract had been the set-up of a partnership with local industries which has now been put in place. Dedicated globalisation & partnership “Airbus Defence and Space follows a dedicated globalisation and partnership strategy in a wider perspective”, said Thomas Müller, head of the Electronics Business Line of Airbus Defence and Space. “We are convinced that a close cooperation with local industries creates additional value for our customers.” MILDS is a passive imaging sensor, detecting the UV radiation signature of approaching missiles. The extremely high resolution combined with rapid processing enables very reliable threat identification and virtually eliminates false alarms. Four to six sensors provide optimum coverage and rapid reaction. As MILDS operates in the UV spectrum, it is not subject to the limitations of other warning technologies such as infrared. With more than 8,000 sensors sold, MILDS is the standard missile approach warner outside the U.S. It is in service aboard a huge variety of rotary wing and wide-body aircraft, including Tiger, NH90, CH-53, CH-47 and MI-17 helicopters and C-130 transport aircraft. A specific fighter version – MILDS F – is in service with the Royal Danish Air Force and Royal Norwegian Air Force F-16 fighters.
Airbus Defence and Space has introduced new technologies in its latest air surveillance radar which give the ASR-NG (Airport Surveillance Radar Next Generation) advantageous air traffic control capabilities. The company has completed a demonstration in real scenarios in front of international customers which was testament to enhanced detection capabilities with a significant increase of detection range coverage to 120 NM (220 km). Other key features of ASR-NG are the complete mitigation of wind farm effects, a new Primary Surveillance Radar 3D height measurement and resistance against interference by 4G/LTE mobile phone signals. “ASR-NG offers an extraordinary performance proven in an extensive test phase,” said Thomas Müller, head of Airbus Defence and Space’s Electronics business line. “With its new capabilities it addresses the most urgent and recent concerns of air surveillance and air traffic control customers.” ASR-NG (Airport Surveillance Radar Next Generation) ASR-NG consists of a primary radar on the basis of a solid state transmitter and advanced signal processing technology for long-range surveillance. Its extreme sensitivity means that even very small objects such as mini drones, slow flying objects such as helicopters or even flocks of birds can be reliably detected and classified. Specifically developed algorithms allow for safe guidance of aircraft even in the vicinity of wind turbines, which is hardly possible with conventional air traffic control radar systems. This extraordinary primary surveillance radar capability is combined with the MSSR 2000I (MSSR = Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar) secondary radar for automatic identification of individual aircraft. It meets the new air traffic control standards “Mode S” and “ADS-B”, which greatly improve aircraft identification queries and are currently being introduced in European airspace. Serves Military and Civilian sectors Airbus Defence and Space supplies air traffic control and identification systems in the military and civilian sector. Amongst others, the company equips the German Armed Forces’ airports with the ASR-S (Airport Surveillance Radar, S-Band) airport surveillance radar and delivers a complete approach control system for the military airfields in Switzerland. In addition, the MSSR 2000I secondary radar is deployed by the naval forces of Germany, France, Norway and Finland for military friend-or-foe identification. For civil and military air traffic control, those identification systems are used in countries such as Germany, France, USA, UK, Canada, Austria, Portugal, Bulgaria and the Philippines.
The ASR systems will replace the 30-year-old radars which have been used until now in military air traffic control 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 60 NM (110 km) to safely coordinate, amongst 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.
Airbus Defence and Space has improved the air traffic control and air defence capabilities of Indonesia's 15,000 islands Airbus Defence and Space provides the Indonesian Air Force with the latest aircraft identification and air surveillance equipment, thus improving the air traffic control and air defence capabilities over the country’s more than 15,000 islands. The company has been awarded a contract by SBL Star Technology Pte Ltd., Singapore, to deliver two of its monopulse secondary surveillance radars MSSR 2000 I to equip the mobile air surveillance and tracking systems which will be operated by the Indonesian Air Force. The final delivery will be done beginning of next year. "Air traffic control authorities all over the world are facing continually increasing air traffic density," said Thomas Müller, Head of the Electronics Business Line of Airbus Defence and Space. "Together with military air traffic, this situation requires a high-performance guidance system ensuring safety, comprehensive data exchange and efficient allocation of airspace. With our system in operation in around 30 countries we have proven our capability to provide a reliable solution." In air surveillance and air traffic control, secondary radars such as MSSR 2000 I complement primary radars in identifying individual aircraft and establishing a comprehensive recognised air picture. Typically, a primary radar is able to measure the position of an aircraft at a point of time from reflections of the radar beam without giving a clear identification of the aircraft. The secondary radar exchanges messages with all the aircraft in its area collecting detailed information about flight number, destination, etc. To this end, MSSR 2000 I sends out interrogation signals according to the latest Mode S standard and collects the responses. In this way, the secondary radar in close cooperation with the primary radar provides a real-time overview of aircraft positions and additional aircraft data which results in a significant improvement in air surveillance and air traffic control. In the military field, MSSR 2000 I is used for automatic friend-or-foe identification (IFF), thus avoiding friendly fire, i.e. the erroneous engagement of friendly forces. Airbus Defence and Space has delivered IFF systems to several nations for ground and naval applications. Among others, MSSR 2000 I protects all German Navy ships as well as UK Royal Navy ships and the French Navy's "Mistral" class command ships. In Germany, the company has established the air traffic control network of the German Luftwaffe covering airspace of 1.700 x 1.500 km. In total, about 400 Airbus Defence and Space systems are in operation in around 30 nations, including the U.S. For civil air traffic control purposes it is in service in Austria, Portugal, and the Philippines.