Terma has been contracted to deliver and install two new SCANTER 5502 Surface Movement Radar (SMR) and to upgrade three existing SCANTER 2001 radars to SCANTER 5502 standard for Dubai International Airport (DXB) in the United Arab Emirates.

The purpose of the Surface Movement Radar is to maximize safety in airports by allowing air traffic controllers to monitor, advise, and instruct aircraft, vehicles, personnel etc. moving on the ground in an airport. A radar is very suitable for this purpose as it covers a large area and operates independently of light conditions (day/night), visibility e.g., fog, and possible precipitation e.g., rain and snow.

The SCANTER 5502 SMRs will be integrated into the airport’s NOVA 9000 Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (A-SMGCS) as the primary non-corporative surveillance sensor.

With a record of 66.5 million passengers in 2013 – an increase by 15.3 percent compared with 2012 – Dubai International Airport ranks second on the list of the world’s busiest airports. An extensive program aims to increase the airport’s capacity until 2020. At this time, the airport will handle 90 million passengers per year and will have grown to become the world’s largest airport.

Recently, Terma was also contracted for delivery of SCANTER 5502 to Bahrain’s Manama Airport, on top of systems already operational at the Dubai World Central and Abu Dhabi International Airport. These orders bring the total number of the SCANTER 5000 Solid State family sold to well over 100 units.