Future of air trafficking radar uncertain in Japan (AFP)
Japan aims to keep track of airspace over the seas by using radar on a smaller scale, to help monitor planes passing by in Japan, a top defence official has said.
Air traffic control and aircraft management at airports, such as the ones used by Japan Airlines and Air Canada, is based on a new generation of digital radar systems called e-radar, which offer wider coverage but have not been tested in the open ocean.
«We want to operate radar in a smaller volume than in the past because we want to get some experience in how radar works, and as far as flying from Japan over sea is concerned, that might well be too far away,» said Hitoshi Ishiguro, the head of Japan’s armed forces’ information systems division.
The Navy has started to get involved in the project – called e-radar 2.0 by officials – and officials have been consulting with a company that designs and manufactures the equipment.
A n온라인 카지노 사이트umber of countries including Britain have also signed up to take part, but it is not clear how many of them will get on board.
The project will start soon, said officials familiar with its plans.
The radar system aims to provide more detailed data than was possible on traditional radar systems, they said, adding it would also help Japane부산 출장se authorities monitor and control aircraft moving over the nation’s seas without the need for drones.
Japan’s air force chief has previously said air traffic control could use the same system to monitor the movement of aircraft within its airspace and to ensure they are complying with rules.
The radar, designed in collaboration with researchers from U.S.-based non-profit research organisation the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, can detect objects up to a metre in length.
There are more than 150 different types of radar available, many used as par전주안마t of missile defense and naval tracking, but they do not necessarily work perfectly at all times.
The technology, now in use by major air traffic control hubs in the United States, is also used to monitor cruise missiles launched at the country’s navy.
E-Radar 2.0 will also be used by aircraft with GPS systems to be able to track and follow planes flying under their radar.
Japan’s air force has said the technology would reduce its need for drones and improve the security of its airbases.
The technology, however, could also have major implications for naval ships, officials say.