EADS Completes Installation of Estonian Coastal Surveillance Radar System

Released on Monday, March 13, 2006
CSS 7000
CSR - Coastal Surveillance Radar
EU - European Union
km - kilometre
LRR - Long Range Radar
RCC - Regional Control Center
SRR - Short Range Radar
VTCS - Vessel Traffic & Control System
EADS Defence and Communications Systems has completed the delivery of Coastal Surveillance Radar System (CSR), which had been ordered by the Estonian Ministry of Interior. The system, operated by the Estonian Border Guard, covers the entire coastline of more than 500 km. The € 27 million contract includes the delivery of the whole Coastal Surveillance System, including radar, signal processing, multi sensor tracking, system management, data base system and recording & replay based on the EADS product CSS Seatrack 7000.

Designed and built to ensure the integrity of the Estonian territory and territorial waters the system identifies and recognizes surface and air targets in the responsibility of the Estonian Border Guard. The system is based on twenty radar sites, including ten Short Range Radars (SRR) with sea target detection and signal processing capability and ten Long Range Radars (LRR) with sea & air target detection and processing capabilities. The operational responsibility is allocated to four Regional Control Centres (RCC). Each RCC is connected with a number of radar sites. The number of associated radar sites varies from four to eight LRR & SRR, depending on the complexity of the coastline. The overall coastal operations picture of all four RCC is displayed to four operators in the National Control Centre which is located at the Border Guard harbor in Tallinn.

The system provides, amongst other features, the monitoring and control of vessel traffic in the Gulf of Finland to prevent and avoid collisions and groundings of vessels. Furthermore it provides the detection and apprehension of smugglers using ships and by that it allows the prevention of illegal transport of migrants to the European Union via the Baltic countries either by vessels or helicopters.

The project started in July 2002 and is now completed. The system represents the largest radar-based coastal surveillance system designed for homeland security purposes.

In addition, Portugal's Instituto Portuário e dos Transportes Marítimos (IPTM) commissioned a Portuguese-German consortium, led by EADS, to build a Vessel Traffic & Control System (VTCS) along the coast of Portugal. With the twofold objective of protecting Europe's outer borders and at the same time improving maritime safety and environmental protection, this system is of strategic importance to the EU.


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