New Thales Radar Becomes Operational at Birmingham Airport

Development Director Will Heynes with Birmingham Airport’s new primary radar system. (BHX)

Development Director Will Heynes with Birmingham Airport’s new primary radar system.  (BHX)
Development Director Will Heynes with Birmingham Airport’s new primary radar system. (BHX)

The UK’s Birmingham Airport has announced that its brand new primary radar system is now complete and fully operational.
The radar will allow air traffic controllers to survey the sky in greater detail, detecting the range and direction of aircraft within a 60-nautical mile radius.
The £2.2 million (US$3.4m) Star 2000 primary surveillance radar from Thales stands 118ft (36m) high.
Will Heynes, Development Director at the airport, commented:  “This represents yet another step forward for the airport.  The new equipment is a vital part of the state-of-the-art air traffic control system that we are developing.
“As part of this improvement scheme, we also took the decision to reposition the new radar tower within the airport’s Long Stay car park after many months of careful planning.  This site was purposely chosen to minimise any impact on local communities.
“With work on the runway extension well under way, this is an exciting time of growth for the airport.”