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March 18, 2021

Thales unveils new surveillance radar for air traffic management

Aerospace company Thales has launched a new digital secondary surveillance radar named RSM NG for use in air traffic management (ATM).

Aerospace company Thales has launched a digital secondary surveillance radar named RSM NG for use in air traffic management (ATM).

The radar can track up to 2,000 flights and disseminate 64 simultaneous data outputs to different air traffic control centres (ATCC).

RSM NG is equipped with a two-in-one meta-sensor and combines automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) and radar (Mode S) data to provide ‘quicker’ detection and tracking initialisation.

Thales stated that the meta-sensor will enable air traffic controllers to ensure 3nm (5,500m) separation between the aircrafts in the terminal area airspace.

With two electronic cabinets instead of three, the design weight and volume of the RSM NG radar are 30% less than other radars.

In addition to reducing radio frequency pollution, the new radar is based on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) international framework and can also be upgraded in the future.

RSM NG can operate with a single interface to control cybersecurity procedures while sustaining the radar’s operational behaviour.

The new radar also delivers an interference map to enable its integration.

Furthermore, the radar’s Health Usage and Monitoring System (HUMS) capabilities enable optimised maintenance.

Thales ATC radar activities director Marie Gayrel said: “With more than 50 years of experience in secondary surveillance radars, Thales is constantly investing to lead the latest innovations in the market for air traffic control radars for safer skies. The RSM NG represents no less than ten patents.”

As of now, the company has deployed more than 900 ATC radars in over 100 nations.

Last week, Norwegian air navigation service provider Avinor Air Navigation Services (ANSP) selected aerospace company Thales for its new Safety Nets Server.

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