Radar Sensors

The radar has always been known as the primary sensor of a VTS or Coastal Surveillance System. It detects all targets that are within line of sight of the antenna and have a radar cross section that enables enough of the transmitted power to be reflected and detected by its receiver. There are many types of radar sensor available and the VTS Manual provides guidance on key parameters that are relevant for VTS systems. However the selection of a radar sensor for a VTS, Coastal or Offshore application should be determined by an assessment of the type of targets that need to be detected and the resolution required to resolve each individual target when two or more targets are in close proximity to each other.

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The siting of the radar will have an impact on the equipment configuration that should be deployed. If the site is remote and would take many hours to visit for maintenance purposes then duplicated equipment configurations should be considered.