Thales has completed the modernization of the terminal area radar system, including a STAR 2000 primary surveillance radar and a co-mounted RSM 970 S Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar (MSSR), located at the Larnaca International Airport.
The modernization contract was awarded by Cyta in September 2010 and was delivered in record time to be in operation before the summertime representing the peak period of traffic. The upgrade will help the Department of Civil Aviation of Cyprus (DCAC) to handle the increase of air traffic in the area.
The initial radar system has been operational since 2000 with a high level of reliability and performance. The mission of the modernized system is to provide an enhanced coverage of the Larnaca Approach area as well as the eastern area of Cyprus by
extending the radar life span for the next 10 years with the latest radar performances and functionalities.
The modernized radar system provides superior performance, fully complies with European standards and benefits from full mode S technology. This project therefore ensures complete airspace security in order to safely manage the increase of air traffic in this region by enhancing the situation awareness for the Air Traffic Controllers.