SCCOA And GM1000 Progress

The French Air Force will take delivery of new GM400 air surveillance radar as part of the SCCOA integrated air defence system over the coming year. The GM400 will be acquired alongside an over-arching modernisation of existing air force air surveillance radar. In addition, the SCCOA 4 part of the overall SCCOA programme, which was launched last year, will see precision approach radar at French airfields and airports being added to the overall SCCOA network. Furthermore, the French Air Force expects to take delivery of its first GS1000 early warning radar for ballistic missile defence by the end of 2012.

Nigerian Air Defence Modernisation Ahead?

Air Defence Modernisation Ahead?

The ambitious Total Radar Coverage of Nigeria or ‘TRACON’ initiative, which is modernising the country’s air traffic management systems, could also include the Nigerian military.

According to reports on 17th January, the military will need to procure new long-range air surveillance radar as part of the TRACON initiative. Mazi Nnamdi Udoh, the Chief Executive of the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency, which is supervising TRACON, says that the military has an outstanding requirement for new radar, and also air command and control systems.

Essentially, it seems that Nigeria will need to acquire an Integrated Air Defence System which will include the radar, communications systems and command and control equipment to allow the comprehensive surveillance of the country’s airspace. This, in turn, will need to link into to new air traffic management systems that are planned as part of TRACON so as to provide a comprehensive Recognised Air Picture that can be used by both military and civilian air traffic controllers.

However, there is no information as to when the acquisition of this air defence equipment could commence, or the level of funding available for such an initiative.

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