SAFER SKIES OVER SERBIA: After 30 years we are getting three new radars
With the plan of allocations of funds of about 16 million euros until 2020, new radar station will be installed on "Besna Kobila", then in close proximity to the Airport "Nikola Tesla", and on Vrsuta on Mount Rumija
After more than 30 years, Serbia will get new radar positions. Air Traffic Control (ATC) Serbia and Montenegro is planning to significantly improve radar overlay of airspace under its jurisdiction by 2020 and thereby increase the security of guiding aircraft, and air traffic over Serbia and Montenegro.
Currently, ATC has territorial jurisdiction of around 144,000 square kilometers of airspace that belongs to the air space over Serbia, Montenegro, and 55 percent of upper airspace over Bosnia and Herzegovina. During 2016 over that airspace, there were more than 610,000 flights.
Now, the radar systems of Flight Control of Serbia and Montenegro are installed at four locations: Koviona, Kosevac, Murtenica and Srpska Gora. With the plan of allocations of funds of about 16 million euros until 2020, new radar station will be installed on "Besna Kobila", then in close proximity to the Airport "Nikola Tesla", and on Vrsuta on Mount Rumija.
Our flight control, in order to guide the air traffic in the most safest manner, exchanges radar information with the neighboring flight controls of: Romania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Albania. Besides that, Flight Control, based on the commercial contract, secures radar data for the KFOR sector needs.
The project of construction of new radar station on Besna Kobila presents the part of the business strategy of Flight Control in the next period and it is conducted in order to overcome the problem of surveying the south east part of Serbia, and the direction towards the airports in Sofia and Skopje. The problem occurred after the destruction of radar station on Pancic top on Kopaonik during NATO bombing in 1999.
It is expected for the radar on Besna Kobila to start working by the end of 2018, and in the following year, the radar near Belgrade airport should start working, in 2019, and on Vrsuta in 2020.
(Telegraf.co.uk / Politika)