New Radar for Southend

The newly-redeveloped London Southend Airport has begun installing a new, multi-million pound, dual channel radar.  Supplied by SELEX, the ATCR-33SE system is the manufacturer’s latest model and offers dual primary and secondary radar includes the latest weather mapping technology – it is one of only four currently in use in the UK.
The airport’s current 1982-vintage Marconi system will remain operational until trials of the new radar are completed in early 2012.
“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,” commented Airport Managing Director, Alastair Welch.  “But, times are changing here 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.”