NAMA Completes Radar Project

The Nigerian Airspace Management Authorithy (NAMA) completed the Total Radar Coverage of Nigeria (TRACON) project. The project, which was conceived seven years ago, has nine locations with major stations in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kano. It will be co-fixed with primary and secondary surveillance systems that will have ranges of 65 and 256 nautical miles, respectively. The radar project will have five relay stations located at Ilorin, Maiduguri, Obubra, Numan and Talata-Mafara. It will include a very small aperture terminal (VSAT) network to connect the various radar sites and allow the two area control centres in Lagos and Kano to receive radar inputs from the secondary radar site.

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4 responses to “NAMA Completes Radar Project”

  1. Alaba Bham says :

    Great piece of technology but I wonder how long before parts of it or the whole thing goes down. Does anyone know whether this system is plugged into the Nigeria Air Force for air defence capabilities?. Apart from the military intercept aspects, it should mean the end of non paying overflights.

    Whatever happened to the calibration unit of the aviation authority? If memory serves me right, the unit had a Cessna Citation and a Super King Air.

  2. Skywalker says :

    Oga Alaba, those aircrafts where written off long time ago. HS25 (5N-AVM and 5N-AVK) Now all calibration is done by ASECNA.
    I believe only the four major airports have their Terminal Radars in operation. The “TOTAL” part of the project should be completed very shortly. I hope they also implement things like CPDLC for capable aircraft and airlines like some other west African ASECNA controlled airspace.

    • Alaba Bham says :

      Thanks for the headsup Skywalker. Just read about how 4 pilots from NAFIS failed their sim training at GE Cap Training at Gatwick. ASECNA will continue to make regional commercial inroads in calibration services whilst we still have real quality issues in flight crews.

  3. catherine says :

    In 1977 I was told by a pilot that Lagos, Nigeria airport did not have radar. Is this true?I would like to hear from someone.

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