Guernsey Airport has awarded a contract to Thales UK for the delivery of its new STAR 2000 primary radar and co-mounted RSM 970S Mode S secondary radar to replace the old-fashioned Watchman-S radar.
Thales said the radar system will enhance Guernsey Airport's safety, detection range capabilities and help manage a future rise in flights.
Guernsey Airport director Colin Le Ray said: "The addition of a secondary radar at Guernsey Airport for the first time will bring both improved resilience and economic benefits to the airport and the Channel Islands Control Zone."
The new radar system will eliminate the need for the airport to acquire secondary data from Jersey Airport, allowing radar data sharing between the airports.
Designed to deal with dense air traffic situations, the STAR 2000 is an S-band primary surveillance radar used for approach and the extended approach control area.
The STAR 2000 will be aligned with the company's RSM 970S Mode-S monopulse secondary surveillance radar to offer combined support for air traffic controllers to detect and measure aircraft positions in severe conditions.
The secondary radar's mode-S functions can gather additional information from the aircraft, which include its identity and height.
Thales will also provide project management, installation, commissioning and training on the two new radar systems. Guernsey Airport's selection of Thales radars follows a competitive tender process.
The project is expected to be completed in early 2013.
Image: Thales' new radar system at Guernsey Airport will eliminate the need for it to acquire secondary data from Jersey Airport. Photo: courtesy of Thales Group.