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29 Oct 15. Indra to Deploy New Radars in Morocco and Modernize the Agadir Control Center.
• The radars will be installed in Safi and near Agadir and Ifrane airports
• The new en-route control center at Agadir will be equipped with Indra’s technology
• The multinational has a solid position as provider of air traffic systems for the Office National des Aeroports (ONDA)
The Moroccan air navigation services provider, the Office National des Aéroports (ONDA), has awarded Indra the contracts to deploy air traffic control radars at three different sites and to modernize the Agadir control center, one of the largest in the country. The systems supplied have a list price approximately of 10 million of Euros.
Indra will equip the Agadir station with a primary radar and a Mode S secondary radar, which together offer the maximum aircraft detection and identification capability. The company will also implement a Mode S secondary radar in Safi and another one in Ifrane to reinforce traffic control in their air space.
The implementation of these radars will enable ONDA to absorb increased air traffic as their precision allows the distance between aircraft to be reduced while maintaining maximum safety levels.
Indra will also supply air traffic management systems to the new Agadir approach and en-route control center. The new building to be erected by ONDA will have more than 30 air controller positions and will oversee the traffic in one of the busiest areas in the country, Agadir being a popular tourist destination.
Indra has established a close relationship with the Moroccan aeronautical agency, the Office National des Aéroports (ONDA). Two major projects have been the modernization of the Casablanca control center and the implementation of primary and secondary radars in Casablanca and Tangier, but the company has also deployed its automatic dependent surveillance (ADS-B) systems as well as an advanced network of satellite communications which services the control centers at the country’s airports. Indra also supplied air control simulators to train ONDA’s controllers. (Source: ASD Network)
28 Oct 15. AESA radar fit was ‘instrumental’ in the IAF’s decision to acquire 100 LCA Mk1As. The recent decision to equip India’s locally designed Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) with an Israeli active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar was “instrumental” in the Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) recent decision to acquire 100 of the fighters from 2018 onwards, official sources have indicated. State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), which is series building the LCA in Bangalore, has opted to provide the fighter with an upgraded variant of the EL/M-2052 AESA radar produced by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) subsidiary ELTA. HAL and IAI have signed an agreement to jointly develop and flight test (on IAF fighters) an improved EL/M-2052 radar for the LCA, of which around 60% by value will be sourced locally. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
27 Oct 15. French Air Force conducts first flight of passive airborne radar. The French Air Force has successfully completed the first flight of a passive airborne radar using an experimental aircraft Air Base 701 at Salon-de-Provence, in south-eastern France.
The latest development follows initial ground tests of the complete system that was performed this spring.
Since 2013, the French Air Force Academy, Ecole de l’Air, has been carrying out research into detection by passive radar in a bid to produce the system for airborne carriers.
The new system will provide the capacity to detect potential air threats at low-altitude and low-speed, while remaining discreet.
The solution acts purely as a receiver and uses electromagnetic emissions already in the environment in order to exploits echoes created by civilian transmitters such as those of digital terrestr