R&S®DF-ATC-S Direction finding system

R&S®DF-ATC-S Direction finding system
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Key facts

  • Increases safety and situational awareness
  • Quick and reliable identification of calling aircraft
  • Up to 32 frequency channels in parallel
  • Standard interfaces for integration into radar displays

R&S®DF-ATC-S direction finding system for air traffic control

Quick and reliable identification of calling aircraft

The new R&S®DF-ATC-S air traffic control DF system solution provides accurate and reliable direction finding for both civil and military airports. The R&S®DF-ATC-S system enables ATC controllers to accurately determine the direction to the aircraft on the basis of its radio transmissions. The DF results are used to convey to the pilot the magnetic heading toward the airport (QDM) and can be shown on additional radar or map displays. This helps to reduce call-sign confusion and to identify responses from wrong aircraft.

Features & benefits

Compact high-performance system

High DF quality for up to 32 frequency channels

The compact and weatherproof R&S®DFU300 direction finding unit is fast enough to process a multitude of frequency channels simultaneously. Up to 32 frequency channels can be processed at speeds that provide high DF quality of each individual channel. The wide frequency range of the direction finder, from 117.975 MHz to 450 MHz, is unique. This means bearings can be taken on all distress frequencies in the VHF/UHF range at the same time, independent of the ATC frequency range.

Ergonomic operation

Optimized touch panel and radar display integration

The R&S®DF-ATC-S system configurations feature a graphical user interface specially designed for ATC controllers. The GUI design is optimized for small touch panel PCs that can easily be integrated into ATC control towers and operated by the user. DF results can also be output on radar displays.

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Operator panel with DF results

Touch panel with optimized GUI for ATC controller

Standard solutions

System configurations for different scenarios

Standard system configurations defined as all-in-one solutions match different customer and airport requirements. Each solution comes with all required system components, a complete set of documentation and a few optional features such as antenna masts, obstruction lights or UPS. The system setup and internal tests are completed before delivery to the customer for simple deployment, low maintenance and reliable operations. Installation support, training and maintenance services are available.

ATC direction finder site
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ATC direction finder site

Compact ATC direction finder installation with wide-aperture DF antenna and lightning protection

Open interfaces

Standard interfaces for DF results and system monitoring

All DF results from the ATC system are provided in real time to external systems over a TCP interface. The external system can be a radar system, map display or any other system in which DF results are of interest. Overall system status and system messages are available at all controller GUIs and are forwarded via the SNMP interface to a central monitoring system to quickly inform the administrator about problems.

Available models

Available models
Models
Frequency range
Frequency channels
DF antenna
System DF sensitivity
System DF accuracy

R&S®DF-ATC-S1

Order number 3063.4002.02

Frequency range
117.975 MHz - 137 MHz
Frequency channels
Up to 4
DF antenna
R&S®ADD317 narrow-aperture
System DF sensitivity
3 µV/m
System DF accuracy
1° RMS typ.

R&S®DF-ATC-S2

Order number 3063.4102.02

Frequency range
117.975 MHz - 450 MHz
Frequency channels
Up to 4
DF antenna
R&S®ADD317 narrow-aperture
System DF sensitivity
5 µV/m
System DF accuracy
1° RMS typ.

R&S®DF-ATC-S3

Order number 3063.4202.02

Frequency range
117.975 MHz - 450 MHz
Frequency channels
Up to 32
DF antenna
R&S®ADD095 wide-aperture
System DF sensitivity
2 µV/m
System DF accuracy
0.5° RMS typ.

R&S®DF-ATC-S4

Order number 3063.4302.02

Frequency range
117.975 MHz - 450 MHz
Frequency channels
Up to 32
DF antenna
R&S®ADD095 wide-aperture
System DF sensitivity
2 µV/m
System DF accuracy
0.5° RMS typ.

Available options

Accessories
Product
Description
R&S®DF-ATC-C1

Order number 3063.5009.02

Description

DF Control Touch Panel PC

R&S®DF-ATC-A1

Order number 3063.5044.02

Description

Administrator Touch Panel PC

R&S®DF-ATC-M1

Order number 3063.5050.00

Description

Antenna Mast for R&S®DF-ATC-S1/S2 (galvanized)

R&S®DF-ATC-M2

Order number 3063.5067.00

Description

Antenna Mast for R&S®DF-ATC-S3/S4 (incl. obstructi

R&S®RMS-FX-OPS

Order number 3063.5080.02

Description

Outdoor UPS (230 V)

R&S®RMS-FX-OPS

Order number 3063.5080.03

Description

Outdoor UPS (120 V)

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