A difficult engineering set up on high of the Rock of Gibraltar has handed a major buyer acceptance milestone. The challenge will guarantee radar surveillance for RAF Gibraltar and Gibraltar Worldwide Airport for a few years to come back. Groups from Thales and Aquila accomplished the set up, integration, and commissioning of the Thales StarNG Major Surveillance Radar and RSM970S Secondary Surveillance Radar. Programme Marshall, a part of the UK MOD’s improve of Air Site visitors Administration methods, has accomplished its spectacular “Gate 4” milestone, which marks the tip of the radar testing part and acceptance of its operational efficiency by the Ministry of Defence. Greater than 100 specialists have been concerned in delivering these radars which have modified Gibraltar’s skyline. The dome, perched at a powerful 413 metres above sea degree.

Probably the most putting visible modifications to the profile of the long-lasting rock has been the set up of an enormous white spherical dome to guard the radar from the surprisingly excessive climate the summit usually endures. Volumes of knowledge have been collected for computational evaluation to show the radar may function as anticipated. These stories have been then offered to MOD for his or her evaluation and approval. However the all-important commissioning part concerned a specialist flight-checking plane from Thales Flight Inspection Companies, which flew forwards and backwards and across the radar to display its crucial operational efficiency.


Thales and Aquila set up StarNG Major Surveillance Radar and RSM970S Secondary Surveillance Radar on Rock of Gibraltar. (Photograph by Thales)

Eddie Trott, Regional Programme Supervisor, Thales within the UK mentioned “We’re extraordinarily happy with the supply and efficiency of the brand new Major and Secondary radars that can serve Gibraltar for many years to come back”. The set up challenges on the high of ‘The Rock’ have been daunting, but inspiring and massively rewarding. Location-wise, it’s definitely considered one of Programme Marshall’s most tough installations, however a pleasure to be a part of and satisfying to see it full. We acquired distinctive help from RAF Gibraltar and the Authorities of Gibraltar. An enormous thankyou to the a whole bunch of individuals concerned within the challenge and to the various Gibraltarians who’ve helped make it occur.”

Because the challenge developed, underslung airlifts of apparatus to the highest of the rock by Chinook helicopter turned a well-known sight to residents. With the Gate 4 milestone reached, the radar will now be built-in with the brand new soon-to-be-installed Thales TopSky Air Site visitors Show methods within the management tower subsequent to the airport. As soon as full, these radar methods will enter operational service subsequent yr. The improve is a part of the Aquila-led Programme Marshall to modernise and help the MOD’s airfield air visitors administration throughout the UK and abroad. Aquila is a three way partnership between NATS, the worldwide air visitors management companies supplier, and Thales within the UK, a world methods integrator.