Colombia takes delivery of new air defense radar system
The radar was officially unveiled during a ceremony at the Captain Luis F. Gómez Niño Air Base, located in Apiay Villavicencio, Colombia.
The event was presided over by Minister of National Defense Dr. Luis Carlos Villegas, Governor of Meta Claudia Marcela Amaya García and Mayor of Villavicencio Wilmar Orlando Barbosa Rozo.
Built by Corporación de Alta Tecnología para la Defensa (CODALTEC), TADER is a high mobility system consisting of 3D pulsed-Doppler X-ray primary radar system mounted on a tactical truck.
It is designed for aerial surveillance tasks and anti-aircraft defense. TADER is capable of detecting and locating aerial targets flying low in altitude.
In addition, it has an integrated secondary radar (IFF-Identification Friend or Foe), which allows the identification of the targets detected by the primary radar.
In addition to monitoring airspace over Colombia, the TADER acquisition program was designed to improve technical and manufacturing know-how in Colombia.
CODALTEC worked closely with Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) of Spain to train a group of 12 professionals and 8 uniformed personnel in Colombia to build and maintain advanced 3D radar systems.
The project lasted 30 months in which CODALTEC's team of Colombian engineers received academic training and knowledge transfer in the radar area. ■