avatar said:EIRP. The power requirement is important to a degree. Chernobyl-2 used to supply to one such radar ..
True story. During avionics testing there were issues with people constantly ignoring the marked off area and walking in front of the radar set. To put a stop to this, somebody (I forget who) put a piece of wood in front of the radar when they powered it on. Full power was applied, and sure enough it put a hole in the piece of wood. Suffice it to say that people walking in front of the radar was no longer an issue from that point forward.
Project could lead to a new polar radar system to monitor the Canadian north
CALGARY, Alberta, Dec. 4, 2018 /CNW/ -- Raytheon Canada Limited (RCL), a subsidiary of Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN),
will design, build and install two over-the-horizon radar sites in Canada's polar region to determine what effects, if any,
the Aurora Borealis has on target detection along the Canadian north.
These two contracts, totaling $30 million, resulted from a competitive solicitation posted on BuyandSell.gc.ca by Public
Services & Procurement Canada on behalf of the Department of National Defence. These contracts will enable Defence
Research and Development Canada to conduct a feasibility study of using sky-wave Over-The-Horizon Radar
technology, in the arctic, to determine the effect of the Aurora Borealis on target detection beyond line-of-site.
Working with Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services, RCL will build two test sites to gauge how the Northern
Lights may impact operations. Should those tests prove successful, Canada may decide to build additional radar sites to
monitor its increasingly accessible arctic waterways.
"Raytheon built and operates a similar radar system in the U.S. which has been key to defending America's borders," said
David Appel, director for mission systems at Raytheon IIS. "A full over-the-horizon radar will monitor the arctic, as those
waters have become more accessible to shipping traffic."
Raytheon also will work with local companies to design and build the system.
"We will be working with Canadian suppliers to secure the Canadian north," said Terry Manion, RCL vice president
and general manager. "We understand the environment and can provide crucial technologies which may lead to significant
long term economic growth."