London Southend Airport, 21 December 2011 – A brand new, multi-million pound, dual-channel radar is being installed at London Southend Airport, significantly improving radar coverage for the airport and the South East.
The new ATCR-33SE from Selex replaces the existing radar. The new system is the most up to date supplied by Selex SI and one of only four of its type currently installed in the UK.
The current system is a S511 prototype. It was delivered from Marconi in Chelmsford in 1982 as a trial of the – then new – technology. It will conduct its final survey of London Southend in early 2012.
The installation of the new radar marks another key milestone in London Southend Airport’s regeneration under new owners, the Stobart Group. Airport Managing Director, Alastair Welch, says: “The Marconi primary radar has served the airport extremely well over the last 30 years, and must be among the longest-serving prototypes in aviation history. It also has an unblemished record. But, times are changing here at London Southend, and I am very excited by the arrival of the new Selex system and its enhanced surveillance technologies. With the growth planned at the airport, having this new technology at the heart of our operation means we are in safe hands.”
The installation and testing of the Selex radar is the culmination of months of preparation for this significant new arrival to the airfield. It will become fully operational in March 2012, marking the end of a 10-month delivery programme.
As part of the project, a full aerodrome survey was completed to identify the optimum airfield location and height for the radar, taking into account the local environment, wildlife, topography, infrastructure, airspace and regulatory requirements.
The new Dual Primary and Secondary Radar includes the latest weather mapping
1/ Landscape view of the new Selex Radar ATCR-33SE.
2/ Aerial view of the radar and surrounding developments at London Southend Airport, including railway station, new terminal and air traffic control tower.
3/ A close-up of the radar.