Thales Unveils Digital Secondary Surveillance Radar for Safer Air Traffic Management

Thales has unveiled a new digital secondary surveillance radar with increased performance and reliability for safer air traffic management of up to 2, 000 flight tracks and 64 simultaneous data outputs to air traffic centers. The RSM NG radar is ready for future deployments, with reduced radio frequency pollution, capacity for future digital software upgrades, and predictive maintenance for optimizing the total cost of ownership, with a 30% reduction in the design weight and volume. With more than 900 Air Traffic Control radars installed in over 100 countries, Thales radar leverages the latest digital technologies to bring airports outstanding performances, cyber protection, and optimized life-cycle costs.

A meta-sensor approach makes the radar unique. This 2 in 1 sensor ensures the quality, integrity, and availability of data provided to Air Traffic Controllers, contributing to the aircraft’s 3 NM separation standards. The RSM NG combines ADS-B and radar (Mode S) data for faster track initialization providing higher-quality information with reliability. The radar can track up to 2,000 flight tracks and share 64 data outputs simultaneously to different air traffic centers.

Based on the international NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) framework, the RSM NG is Cyber Secured by design, with a single interface for controlling cybersecurity functions while maintaining the radar’s operational behavior.

Minimizing re-interrogation rates, the RSM NG reduces radio frequency pollution and provides an interference map to facilitate its integration into the environment. All of these technological enhancements integrate seamlessly into the constantly evolving ATC environment; in particular, the advanced digital architecture of the RSM NG supports software-defined upgrades to accommodate future technical requirements.

More compact and easy to deploy, the RSM NG incorporates HUMS capabilities (Health Usage and Monitoring System) for optimized maintenance. Re-engineered to limit life-cycle costs, the radar has a very compact design with a 30 % reduction in weight and volume, with now only two electronic cabinets instead of three.

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