London Oxford selects Thales for Olympics

London Oxford Airport has awarded Thales a contract to supply and install the latest generation radar system, a precursor to the next major phase of redevelopment at the airport.
Project management will be supplied by NATS and the intention is to have the radar operational well ahead of the Olympics in summer 2012.
The primary and secondary (Mode-S, MSSR) surveillance radar system will enable more efficient transits through local airspace.
The state-of-the-art Thales solid state STAR 2000 primary radar will feed data into the Eurocat-C radar display system. One feature of the system is the option to enhance visibility where future large wind turbines may be an issue, should their numbers increase around the south east of the UK. Such a feature is one that legacy systems are not readily able to deal with today.
With a steady increase in business aviation traffic and aspirations to entice further commercial airline activity, the go-ahead for the new radar system is one of the most significant steps forward in the airport’s history.
It is anticipated that the new system will be fully operational in good time ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games, at which point a considerable increase in demand for capacity is anticipated.
Thereafter, the airport will be fully equipped for whatever the future may hold as the owners continue to invest in making the airport one of the most progressive in the London region.