Accession Number : ADA286279


Title :   Recommendation on Transition from Primary/Secondary Radar to Secondary- Only Radar Capability


Descriptive Note : Final rept. Sep 1993-Mar 1994


Corporate Author : JOHN A VOLPE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS CENTER CAMBRIDGE MA


Personal Author(s) : Vilcans, Janis ; Lay, Richard J


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a286279.pdf


Report Date : Oct 1994


Pagination or Media Count : 147


Abstract : This recommendation has been prepared to support the FAA decision to deactivate primary Long-range radars and presents transition strategy and implementation plan for the transformation of the existing primary/secondary en route radar system to a beacon-only system by the year 2002. The estimated cost associated with this transition is $2.1 billion, but the cost directly related to the decision is approximately $138.6 million. Thus, the potential saving of approximately $1.4 billion associated with LRR replacement results in a benefit- to-cost ratio greater that 10. It is therefore recommended that the decision to deactivate the LRR be implemented as rapidly as possible in order to minimize costs necessary to sustain and maintain the existing system; that an orderly transition be accomplished; and that the transition to the beacon-only capability be adopted on a center-by center basis. It is also recommended that the goal of an en route beacon system, comprising stand-alone beacon radars and backed up with an automatic dependent surveillance (ADS) system be established, but achievement of this goal should not delay implementation of the deactivation decision.


Descriptors :   *RADAR , *RADAR BEACONS , RATIOS , STRATEGY , DELAY , TRANSITIONS , SURVEILLANCE , SAVINGS , BEACONS , DEACTIVATION , TRANSFORMATIONS , AUTOMATIC , BENEFITS , REPLACEMENT , COSTS , SECONDARY


Subject Categories : Active & Passive Radar Detection & Equipment


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE