Indra revamps Germany’s entire aerial surveillance network with state-of-the-art radars – Eurasia Review


Indra, one of the world’s leading technological engineering companies for the aerospace, defense and mobility sectors, has signed a contract with DFS, the German air navigation services provider, to modernize the entire of the country’s air surveillance radar network with state-of-the-art technology. The project, with a duration of execution of 13 years, has an amount greater than 100 million euros, which would be extended depending on the release of the various options considered.

The company prevailed over other major manufacturers in the market in an open competition, thanks to the technically best-scored and most competitive proposal. It thus won its largest air traffic management (ATM) contract to provide surveillance of a large, technologically advanced country: Germany, which operates many key routes in Europe.

The project will improve the safety, capacity, efficiency and environmental friendliness of air traffic in the country and contribute to reducing CO emissions.2 emissions.

Indra’s technology will replace systems currently in service, which are reaching the end of their useful life. Specifically, the company will deploy a minimum of 23 new sensors, including 19 equipped with a PSR primary radar and a Mode S secondary radar, and four stations equipped only with Mode S secondary radars. They will be used for surveillance of the en-route air traffic and approaches to major German airports.

Due to the efficient structure of the monitoring network, the installation of intermediate sensors and their movement to their final installations will be necessary. Therefore, up to 42 on-premises installation, implementation, optimization, and failover activities will be required to be completed.

“We are very proud that a demanding and leading customer like DFS has once again placed their trust in Indra, in our technology and in the ability of our teams to undertake a renovation project as ambitious and complex as we are sure to become. a point of reference at European and world level. We have behind us a proven track record of working with DFS under the iTEC partnership to make the Single European Sky a reality, and this new project will be another step in moving together towards safer and more efficient air traffic with an environmental footprint. scaled down. ”, said Ignacio Mataix, CEO of Indra.

“We look forward to modernizing our critical surveillance radar technology infrastructure, while reducing lifecycle costs and CO2 emissions through reduced energy consumption and modernization of construction sites. Sustainability is key to every decision we make. With Indra’s technology capabilities, we will help meet our requirements for the complex airspace over Germany in the heart of Europe,” said DFS CEO Arndt Schoenemann.

A boost for digitization

Indra’s radars conform to the highest quality standards and incorporate the most advanced digital technologies, including GaN-based transmitters, all-digital signal processing and non-linear multi-sensor tracking algorithms. The RMMS radar monitoring and control system is implemented on a private cloud with big data features and predictive maintenance capabilities through machine learning mechanisms.

Radars can thus ensure an extremely precise vision of air movements and allow much more efficient and safer flight management, including in situations of clutter, interference and anomalies caused by bad weather and steep terrain.

The information collected by the primary radars is, in turn, complemented by that received by Indra’s MSSR secondary radars, the most advanced of their kind on the market, with the ability to selectively interrogate and identify aircraft, which in turn cross-reference the information received. integrated ADS-B systems, improving radar detection capability and reducing excessive re-interrogation. This Mode S system is a high performance radar solution that offers great flexibility in adapting to customer needs.

The new radars also incorporate advanced techniques and algorithms developed in-house by Indra to mitigate reflections and noise caused by wind turbines and solar panels which tend to affect the signal. This pioneering capacity makes it possible to meet a technical and operational challenge for airports and makes it possible to locate this type of installation close to radars, eliminating any obstacle to the production of renewable energies.

This unique project for DFS will strengthen Indra as a global industry leader, developing solutions to transform air navigation in the years to come. The company has deployed more than 6,000 installations in 180 countries and its systems have ensured the safety of more than 200 million landings at 1,400 airports.


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