Microwave Journal

EADS’ Radar System Enhances Philippine Air Traffic Security

September 2, 2008

EADS Defence & Security (DS) has delivered the most advanced secondary radar system for air traffic control purposes to the Philippine Air Transportation Office (ATO). The Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar (MSSR) 2000 I is the first building block of a comprehensive modern air traffic control network in the region.


Defence Electronics, an integrated activity of EADS DS, has thus established the first air traffic control system employing the latest Mode-S standard in the region. EADS DS in Germany is currently bringing the second of only two Mode-S air traffic control networks into operation. Mode-S is an enhancement of existing air traffic control procedures which increase considerably the reliability of air traffic guidance. The local partner, Integrated Energy Systems & Resources Inc. (IESRI), Manila/Philippines, has taken over the system responsibility with technical support from EADS DS.

The MSSR 2000 I secondary radar provides detailed information about the current air situation based on interrogations that are in part transmitted in coded form, and automatic replies from the aircraft. This enables the system to accurately identify and track every aircraft in the air space. MSSR 2000 I operates in accordance with the requirements of the German Air Force Flight Safety Authority (AFsBw). “Mode-S clusters consisting of several interacting MSSR 2000 I systems cover several millions of km2 of air space with maximum reliability," explained Bernd Wenzler, CEO of Defence Electronics. "In this way, our 100 percent Mode S-capable products are making an important contribution to the safety of citizens in everyday life.”