As the need for traffic surveillance expands over areas not presently covered by conventional secondary radar, many ANSPs are taking advantage of the cost benefits of multilateration versus new radar installations. In wide area multilateration (WAM), the stations are spread much further apart, at distances of up to 100 km between each other.
Installations in Tasmania and the Czech Republic are typical, but the same economic imperatives have seen wide area installations planned for Colorado, The North Sea, Taiwan and East Midlands. In such locations, multilateration provides superior range over secondary radar, more accurate tracking, significantly lower costs, and significantly earlier operational readiness following contract award. On the other hand, multilateration has also been chosen in situations where an existing “legacy” secondary radar has had to be replaced. In Armenia, for example, cost and performance analyses showed the clear advantages of multilateration over replacing the earlier secondary radar, and the wide area solution was chosen. In addition, in the North Sea, between the UK and northern Europe and Scandinavia, the small, lightweight and low powered multilateration units will be mounted on offshore drilling platforms to provide “better than radar” performance down to the surface, in locations where secondary radar would have been impractical.
Szczecin, Poland May 13 to 17, 2013 Specialists’ meeting and a business meeting of SET (Sensors and Electronics Technology) Panel of the NATO Science and Technology Organisation (STO) took place in Baltic Barracks in Szczecin. The live demonstrations of Passive Coherent Locators (PCL) accompanied the meeting: ERA`s Silent Guard, PCL CASSIDIAN (Germany) and PaRaDe Politechnika Warszawska (Poland).
Pardubice, May 14th, 2013 ERA has recently been developing a Multistatic Primary Surveillance Radar (MSPSR) passive known also as a Passive Coherent Location system (PCL). The newest, mobile version of this technology for air to ground surveillance will be introduced to the general public for the 1st time at the IDET Exhibition 2013 in Brno.
Czech TV News, April 27th, 2013 Czech Public Television broadcasted the report on ERA`s PCL system demonstrator called Silent Guard in primetime of Saturday night. PCL demonstrator is another significant milestone in MSPSR project developing in the company.
Brno April 17th, 2013 In the mid April ERA Company traditionally became a partner of the conference PVO 2013 in Brno. The event was organized by the Department of Air Defence Systems in the club of Faculty of Military Technology of University of Defence in Brno.