Estonia's new coastal surveillance radar
Archived Articles 24 Mar 2006 Adu RaudkiviEWR
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The installation of the largest radar based coastal surveillance system in the world, which encompasses a coastline of 500 km, operated by the Estonian Border Guard, has recently been completed, at a cost of 27 million Euros, by the Estonian Ministry of the Interior. The system was designed and manufactured by EADS Defense Communication Systems of Munich, Germany who completed the delivery of Estonia's Coastal Surveillance Radar System, the design of which was started back in 2002.

The Coastal Surveillance System includes radar, signal processing, multi-sensor tracking, system management and recording and replay based on EADS product CSS Seatrack 7000.

This system was designed and built to ensure the integrity of the Estonian territory and territorial waters recognizing surface and air targets in the responsibility of the Estonian Border Guard.

The system is based on 20 radar sites which include 10 Short Range Radar (SRR) with sea detection and signal processing capability and 10 Long Range Radar (LRR) with sea and air detection and signal processing capability.

Operational responsibility is allocated to 4 Regional Control Centres (RCC). Each is connected to a number of radar sites, from 4 - 8 LRR and SRR. Each RCC screen is displayed to 4 operators in the National Control Centre, which is located at the Border Guard harbour in Tallinn.

This system meets European maritime security and border security standards. "As the new system allows us to get a comprehensive overview of what is happening on sea, we will be more efficient in supporting our co-operating partners both in Estonia and in our neighbouring countries," said Kalle Laanet, Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Estonia.

The use of this system is also beneficial in monitoring and control of vessel traffic in the Gulf of Finland. This will prevent and avoid collisions and groundings. It also will help in the prevention of smuggling and the illegal transport of migrants to the Baltic states and then the EU by ships and helicopters.

This system further fortifies the integrity of Estonia.

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