PH Navy gets new radar sys­tem from US

Sun.Star Pampanga - - NATION! -

Capt. Lued Lin­cuna, Navy spokesper­son, said the 28-me­ter TARS was handed over by US Em­bassy Deputy Chief of Mis­sion to the Philipp i n es, Michael Klescheski, to PN flagof­fi­cer-in-com­mand Vice Ad­mi­ral Ron­ald Joseph S. Mer­cado.

Turnover cer­e­monies took place at the Naval Ed­u­ca­tion Train­ing Com­mand (NETC), Naval Sta­tion Leovig­ildo Gan­tio­qui, San An­to­nio, Zam bal es.

TARS is a large fabric en­ve­lope filled with he­lium, and can rise up to an al­ti­tude of 5,000 feet while teth­ered by a sin­gle ca­ble.

Specif­i­cally, the 28me­ter class TARS is a self-sus­tained, rapidly de­ploy­able, un­manned lighter-than-air plat­form to be uti­lized by the PN to bol­ster its mar­itime do­main aware­ness.

The NETC in Zam­bales was cho­sen to be the stag­ing point since, as the largest real-es­tate prop­erty of the PN with flat ter­rain, it fits the min­i­mum space of 300 ft x 300 ft open area re­quire­ment for the launch­ing of the aero­stat.

Also, as the pre­miere train­ing in­sti­tu­tion of the PN, per­son­nel here can be trained us­ing this sys­tem as one of the new com­pe­tenci es.

Lin­cuna said TARS will en­hanced the PN's ca­pa­bil­ity to de­tect in­tru­sion in the coun­try's ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters via its sen­sors and help in the con­duct of hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance and dis­as­ter re­sponse op­er­a­tions.

It also in­cludes a weather sta­tion that pro­vides teleme­try data to the ground sta­tion for the mon­i­tor­ing of am­bi­ent tem­per­a­ture, pres­sure, wind speed and other per­ti­nent pa­ram­e­ters in the oper­a­tion of the sys­tem.

Lin­cuna said the do­na­tion is part of the US Mar­itime Se­cu­rity Ini­tia­tive (MSI) Pro­gram (2016-2020), a ca­pac­i­ty­build­ing as­sis­tance for South­east Asian coun­tries in­clud­ing the Philip­pines that aims to im­prove the abil­ity of these coun­tries to ad­dress a range of mar­itime chal­lenges.

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