Thales Launches New Digital Secondary Radar RSM NG for Safer ATM

Thales is unveiling the RSM NG, a new digital secondary radar – a meta-sensor for safer skies. The radar leverages the latest digital technologies to bring airports outstanding performance, cyber protection and optimized life-cycle costs.

Thales says a meta-sensor approach makes the radar unique. The 2 in 1 sensor ensures the quality, integrity and availability of data provided to air traffic controllers, contributing to the aircraft’s 3 NM separation standards. The RSM NG combines ADS-B and radar (Mode S) data for faster track initialization providing higher-quality information with reliability.The radar can track up to 2,000 flight tracks and share 64 data outputs simultaneously to different air traffic centers.

Based on international NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) framework, the RSM NG is cyber-secured by design, Thales says, with a single interface for controlling cybersecurity functions while maintaining the radar’s operational behavior.

Minimizing re-interrogation rates, the RSM NG reduces radio frequency pollution and provides an interference map to facilitate its integration in the environment.

All of these technological enhancements integrate seamlessly into the constant evolving ATC environment; in particular, the advanced digital architecture of the RSM NG supports software-defined upgrades to accommodate future technical requirements Thales says.

More compact and easy to deploy, the RSM NG incorporates HUMS capabilities (Health Usage and Monitoring System) for optimized maintenance. Re-engineered to limit life-cycle costs, the radar has a very compact design with 30% reduction in weight and volume, with now only two electronic cabinets instead of three.

“With more than 50 years of experience in secondary surveillance radars, Thales is constantly investing to lead the latest innovations in the market for air traffic control radars for safer skies. The RSM NG represents no less than 10 patents,”  said Marie Gayrel, director of ATC radar activities, Thales.