The MSSR 2000 I secondary radar from EADS Defence & Security (DS) is the world’s only ATC radar system certified for both military and civil use, having been licensed for use in civil air traffic control by the German air traffic control organization DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, following an exhaustive certification process. The system’s military credentials have been established via its deployment with a large number of armed forces as an identification friend or foe (IFF) system.

DFS confirms that the equipment even complies with the latest regulations laid down for ground radars by the European Union and the European organization for the safety of air navigation, EUROCONTROL. The MSSR 2000 I can operate in accordance with both the latest military Mode 5 and civil Mode S standards, which guarantees a significant increase in the reliability of aircraft guidance by improving existing air traffic control processes.

The MSSR 2000 I is the first secondary radar of its type that uses a combination of active Mode S queries and passive Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) responses. Thus, the equipment provides an overview of aircraft positions based on queries and responses transmitted to and from the aircraft in partially encrypted form. This increases the amount of flight position information available, which results in a significant improvement in air traffic control and in the efficient use of air space.

The systems are currently being employed on board German naval vessels and are also being used by the navies of France, Finland and Norway, as well as in combination with air defense and air traffic control radars in such countries as Germany, Portugal, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Malaysia, Slovakia and the Philippines.

On the significance of the civil certification, Bernd Wenzler, CEO of Defence Electronics, an integrated activity of EADS Defence & Security, commented, “Certification in accordance with DFS’ high safety standards provides us with the basis for introducing a new generation of air traffic control systems.”