Brazilian Air Force Modernizes Six Weather Radars
By Dialogo August 23, 2011
The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) is going to sponsor the technological updating of six weather radars. The agreement, recently signed with the Rio de Janeiro Aeronautical Electronics Park (Parque de Material de Eletrônica da Aeronáutica do Rio de Janeiro, PAME-RJ), will last for nine months, with a cost of approximately 3.5 million reais ($2.1 million dollars).
The technological update will be carried out on the RMT-0100D weather radars currently operating as part of the Brazilian Airspace Control System (Sistema de Controle do Espaço Aéreo Brasileiro, SISCEAB), based in the Airspace Control Detachments (Destacamentos de Controle do Espaço Aéreo, DTCEA) and the regional detachments of Gama (GA), São Roque (SRO), Pico do Couto (PCO), Morro da Igreja (MDI), Canguçu (CGU), and Santiago (STI).
The regional systems installed at the Integrated Air Defense and Air Traffic Control Centers (Centros Integrados de Defesa Aérea e Controle de Tráfego Aéreo) of Brasilia (CINDACTA I) and Curitiba (CINDACTA II) are also covered.
The program includes updating the hardware and software systems, extending the useful life of the equipment by around ten years. The work will also enable the installation of new software for weather data not currently available in the system.
Weather radars are among the most recommended sensors for mesoscale observation and forecasting of the weather, known as “nowcasting,” used in a variety of fields, such as research and development, air traffic control, climatology, agriculture, water resources management, and civil defense. The entire process takes place very rapidly. Monitoring can be done in real time, allowing the precise localization of areas where rain is falling.
According to PAME’s director, Col. Victor Fernando Trotta Nunes, the modernization of the weather radars shows the ability of national industry to use cutting-edge technology. He also emphasized that updating the systems will result in major improvements in services for air routes, as well as gathering more information about the country’s weather conditions for air traffic control.