Yesterday, Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner officially inaugurated the North Shield Radarization plan, at Vicecomodoro Ángel de la Paz Aragonés Airport of Santiago del Estero.
Present at the ceremony were also the Governor of Santiago del Estero, Gerardo Zamora; the Ministers of Defense Nilda C. Garré; of Home Affairs, Aníbal Florencio Randazzo and the Minister of Public Health, Juan Luis Manssur.
The Chief of state inaugurated a 3D Long Range Primary Radar, designed and built by INVAP within the framework of the RP3DLAP Contract signed with the Direction of Military Industries (an agency that belongs to the Ministry of Federal Planning, Public Investments and Services).
Last June, Mrs. President had announced the agreement corresponding to the production of the first series of six 3D Long range primary radars for the Argentine Air Force, that will be part of the National System of Aerospace Control and Surveillance created by Presidential Decree N° 1.407/04.
The main function of the 3D radar will be to provide location and movement information of the aircraft activity inside the coverage area, in order to perform detection, surveillance, identification and control tasks of the air space under control.
The North Shield Program has, besides the radar, three Pucara airplanes, three Helicopters and a crew of 150 Air Force men divided into two work groups: one in charge of Communications, whose responsibility is to process the information from the air surveillance system and one in charge of the piloting and maintenance of the aircrafts.