In 2005, INVAP started the development of its first primary 3D radar. At the end of 2007, Argentina's General Direction of Military Industries and INVAP signed the RP3DLAP contract to design, develop, construct,startup, certification, homologation and provision of a Long Range 3D Primary Radar. In Nov 2011 this radar has been installed in Las Lomitas (Formosa, Arg.), and its main function is to provide information on the air activity inside its volume of coverage, in order to enable detection, surveillance, identification and control tasks in the air space under its responsibility.
This development complements the tasks performed by INVAP as part of the National System of Aerospace Surveillance and Control (SINVICA), created in 2004 by Decree Nº 1407. In this framework, INVAP has designed and constructed several secondary radars (RSMA), which are currently installed in a ten sites of Argentina.
Primary Radar main characteristics
• Operation in L-band frequency (D-band)
• Frequency agility within the available bandwidth
• Configurable operating modes
• Completely programmable pulse parameters
• Solid-state electronics and transmitter/receiver modules
• 3-D with electronic scanning in elevation
• Monopulse antenna with low secondary lobe levels
• Digital processing of signals with MTI, CFAR, MTD/Doppler
• Clutter map automatically updated
• Secondary Radar (IFF)
• Plot-to-track association
• Output format: Asterix
• Electronic counter-counter measures (ECCM)
• Cutting-edge technology design (high reliability, long-term logistic support)
• Integrated monitoring of the whole system
• Radar environment simulator
• Instrumented range: 5 - 240 MN
• Maximum height: 100 K feet
• Remote operation
• Transportable by air, land or sea.
• Easy deployment