Argentina reactivates radar production

The President of the Nation, Alberto Fernandez, along with Defense Minister Agustn Rossi, announced at the headquarters of INVAP SE (Applied Research Institute – State Company) in San Carlos de Bariloche the production of five units of the Argentine Primary Radar 200 (RPA-200), the is integrated into the national surveillance and control system for the aerospace industry (SINVICA). These 3D radars will be for the cities of Posadas (Misiones), Resistencia, Charata and Taco Pozo (Chaco) and Ro Grande (Tierra del Fuego).

It’s not just about buying a radar, it’s about what it costs to hold and maintain. Because you can buy the radar, but then you can keep it running, own the software, all the technology you need to stay on the cutting edge, everything that falls apart, said Fernndez, who coincided with Rossi, and highlighted not only the construction of radars in the pas, but everything that implies its maintenance and future updates. With this in mind, the President highlighted the value of national science and technology recognized in the world. And he praised Invap’s trajectory for its various skills, including making nuclear reactors, making 3D radars, and placing satellites into orbit.

In the meantime, the Defense Minister reiterated: It is an important day, not only for INVAP, for the Defense Ministry, for the Argentine government, but also for the concept of sovereignty that we have of Argentina. And he added: The investment for this year that we are signing today exceeds the amount allocated to the previous administration in the four years. “He also emphasized: Only 15 countries in the world have access to technology for the production of radar devices and that gives us independence and freedom in making decisions.

It’s a remarkable process of import substitution that reaches 80 percent of domestic components and only 20 percent of imported components, Rossi said of making these radars. With that in mind, the official pointed out: The radars are said to be sold to you three times: the first time you purchase them, the second time with maintenance, and the third time with major maintenance to extend their life. With INVAP we only buy it once because here in Argentina we have everything that the subsequent logistics chain means.

Today we can say that the country’s northern border is absolutely radar controlled, the minister said after mentioning the radars that operate in the area.

We have a strategic alliance with INVAP because we can think ahead. The technological distance of the peripheral countries to the central countries continues to grow, and it turns out that the way to shorten that distance is to bet on what is ours, said the head of the defense portfolio after adding, that this initiative aims to “double the number of radars to improve aerial surveillance with a planned investment of 9.2 billion pesos, nearly ninety million dollars, in three years from resources of a specific object of the FONDEF (National Defense Fund) .

There Rossi stated that the radars currently in use in the provincial capitals of Posadas and Resistencia are old, imported from Spain and no longer provide adequate service. That is why they are being replaced by these new devices with superior technology, thereby homogenizing the control of our airspace.

In the meantime, the INVAP manager said – when he checked the relationship in those years -: Today we can say that we feel very accompanied in all our areas of development, noting that this continuity of work has been achieved through the creation of the FONDEF (National Defense Fund, which makes it possible to make technological projects for the defense of our country predictable. The agreement signed today between the Chief of the Argentine Air Force, Brigadier Major Xavier Julin Isaac, and the General Manager of INVAP, Vicente Campenni, provides for the production and delivery of five latest generation RPA-200 3D radars with a planned term of three years before investment of 9,200 million pesos which will lead to the strengthening and technological upgrade of SINVICA.

The agreement also provides for the transmission of the RPA-240 radar, which is deployed today at the San Carlos de Bariloche Teniente Luis Candelaria International Airport, to be placed in its final location in the city of Tostado, Santa Fe. In this way, on the one hand, strategies are developed that promote the sustainable inclusion of national technologies in order to guarantee the defense of Argentina’s sovereignty. On the other hand, the research, development and innovation bodies are being strengthened and the ongoing training of highly qualified specialists from INVAP and the Argentine Air Force, who work together in various areas, is being strengthened.

Features of the Argentine primary radar 200

-The RPA 200 is a new generation radar with a coverage radius of 400 kilometers.

– The manufacturing costs are 20% lower than the previous model.

– More than 150 SME companies are directly and indirectly involved in the production chain.

-80% of its production is done with Argentine inputs and labor.

During the visit, national and regional authorities also toured INVAP’s radar integration and testing facility on the edge of the local airport. They then got to know the radar integration building at INVAP headquarters, where the company’s defense, security and environmental projects are developed. The RPA-240 3D aerial surveillance radar and the systems developed for the new RPA-200 radar series were presented there.

Finally, the status of other projects is being reviewed in collaboration with the Department of Defense, including the RMA-C320 double polarization C-band Doppler meteorological radar, the upgraded M-RASIT tactical radar system, the airborne model for POD to evaluate the Pucar Fnix radar technology and the RUAS-160 unmanned helicopter system.

On behalf of the Armed Forces, the Chiefs of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces, General of the Division Juan Martn Paleo; from General Agustn Humberto Ceja’s army; of the Navy, Vice Admiral Julio Horacio Guardia; and from the Air Force Brigadier Major Xavier Julin Isaac. (Luis Pieiro)

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