Muscat airport to deploy drone detection system

The German-designed system uses radio frequency technology, rather than radar
Muscat airport to deploy drone detection system
Sheihk Aimen bin Ahmed Al Hosni, the CEO of Oman Airports, said that the new system will help Muscat Airport enhance air navigation and contribute to safe landings and take-offs.
By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Mon 15 Jul 2019 02:57 PM

Muscat International airport will soon deploy a new system to detect drones in the surrounding airspace, according to a report in Muscat Daily.

On Sunday, Oman Airports signed an agreement with German firm Aaronia AG and R&N Khimji to install the drone detection system, which uses radio frequency to detect aerial devices.

Sheihk Aimen bin Ahmed Al Hosni, the CEO of Oman Airports, said that the new system will help Muscat Airport enhance air navigation and contribute to safe landings and take-offs.

“This falls within our priorities to ensure the highest degree of safety for passengers and airlines using Oman’s airports he said. “Aaronia has been working with high-end radio frequency (RF) and microwave systems for over 15 years, with all software and hardware being developed in Germany.”

Al Hosni added that most systems, which use radar technology, are limited by interference and have a low detection rate.

“Aaronia’s unique solution, offered today at our airport, uses [the] latest RF detection technologies and emits no signals,” he explained.

“Drones [are] not a problem here but what we are trying to do is being proactive,” he added. “This is a precautionary measure.”

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