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Radar for Perth Airport

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(Statement by the Minister for Civil Aviation, Mr. R. W. Swartz)

The Department of Civil Aviation will spend $370,000 on

aircraft communications installations at Perth ts new long-range

r? .dar unit at South Kalamunda. The radar station is expected to be operational by early 1969.

This was announced today by the Minister for Civil. Aviation,

Mr. R. W. Swartz.

Mr. Swartz said that for fully effective radar control, high

quality and extremely reliable communications were essential.

Two types of communication systems would be installed at

South Kalamunda, he added.

They were

• Ground air-ground circuits to link the radar station

with aircraft, and

. Fixed channels to provide cormuunications from the radar

to Perth Airport's operations centre.

Mr. Swartz said that initially, a limited number of

ground-air-ground channels would be provided for air traffic control

radar training. These were planned to operate from September, 1968.

Then in early 1969 three direct-voice, very high frequency

radio channels would be commissioned to give high quality, interference

free reception.

At this stage a highly reliable communications link would be

provided to connect South Kalamunda with the Perth operations centre.

This would allow the radar to be brought into operation.

P•Ir. Swartz said that the building to house the radar and

communications equipment had recently been completed and that installations

of the radar equipment would begin soon..

Long-range radar units, with a range of 160 nautical miles

and capable of scanning 100,000 square miles every 12 seconds were

already operating at Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

CANBERRA, 15th March 1968.