Lockheed Martin to provide wind shear detection at Frankfurt and Munich
The German Weather Service (DWD) has signed a contract with Selex Systems Integration GmbH to deliver a Low Level Wind Shear Alert System (LLWAS) for the Frankfurt and Munich, Germany airports.
The systems consist of a METEOR 50DX Dual Polarisation Weather Radar, a WindTracer Doppler Lidar, and comprehensive sensor data integration based on Rainbow5 Software. The WindTracer system is developed and produced by Lockheed Martin Coherent Technologies.
“By introducing the Low Level Wind Shear Alert System at the two largest airports in Germany, Frankfurt and Munich, we will take a leading role in Europe. The LLWAS will provide new data covering the terminal area and issue Low Level Wind Shear Alerts following ICAO Recommendation Annex 3 Chap. 7. It will provide an important contribution towards putting the demands of the Single European Sky (SES) into action,” said Frank Lehrnickel program manager for the LLWAS integration at DWD.
WindTracer uses pulses of infrared light and receives data when the light reflects off naturally-occurring dust particles in the air. It complements radar by excelling in dry and clear weather conditions.
At a further stage the DWD plans to expand its system towards an Integrated Terminal Weather System – ITWS that will provide comprehensive meteorological data with high resolution and repetition time. These high quality data will enable DWD to provide better meteorological forecasting for its demanding customers, leading to increased air traffic safety and punctuality. Delays in departure and arrival and emissions will be reduced.