Global technology and consulting firm Indra has reached an agreement with New Zealand’s air navigation service provider, Airways New Zealand, to upgrade the country’s radar network.

It is said that the project will cut down carbon emissions while boosting the security of air traffic.

Under the agreement, Indra will deploy a new Primary Surveillance Radar (PSR3D) and Secondary Surveillance Radar (SSR) in the Christchurch region.

It will also construct a new radar support tower at Christchurch. 

Indra ATM Global Business Development director Enrique Castillo said: “Airways New Zealand will have the latest technology for traffic handling, maximising safety as well as improving their environmental footprint.

“At Indra, we manufacture some of the world’s most advanced radar and air traffic systems and are very proud that a highly recognised air navigation service provider like Airways New Zealand has chosen our technology, which consolidates our presence as a leading supplier of navigation systems in the Oceania region for both civil and military customers.”

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Upon completion of the PSR3D and MSSR radar system deployments in Christchurch, Indra will also install radars in the areas of Auckland and Wellington.

The three projects will modernise the country’s radar network with three primary 3D radars.

The radars will be co-mounted and operate with three secondary Mode S Monopulse SSR (MSSR).

Replacing legacy radars, Indra said that the new radar systems would enable an accurate view of air movements and safer flight management. 

The company added that its radar systems are in line with the standards set by Airways New Zealand for ‘sustainable’ systems.

These systems are able to operate in the vicinity of wind or solar farms without obstructing the production of renewable energy.

The project will be concluded over a span of three years.

In March, Indra agreed to install its 3D civil aviation radar in South Korea.