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Argentina switches on new radar to monitor South Atlantic airspace

Wednesday, June 1st 2022 - 10:56 UTC
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Argentine Defense Minister Jorge Taiana presided over the entry into operation of an air surveillance and control radar in Río Grande, Tierra del Fuego. The equipment (model RPA -170M) was designed and built entirely in Argentina. Read full article


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  • Mike Summers

    ” The equipment (model RPA -170M) was designed and built entirely in Argentina”.

    Well, there is some good news, it probably won't work.

    Jun 01st, 2022 - 10:53 am - Link - Report abuse +4
  • downunder

    “According to specialists consulted by Infobae, when the radarization plan is more advanced, all continental, maritime, Antarctic, and island airspace will be under Argentine monitoring and control.”

    The Argentine does not control the airspace in and around the Falklands and no amount of alleged ‘surveillance’ is going to change that.

    More desperate talk from the Argentine.

    Jun 01st, 2022 - 11:11 am - Link - Report abuse +3
  • Dirk Dikkler

    Where they say “unrenoucable”, should also include “unachievable”!!!!

    Jun 01st, 2022 - 11:17 am - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Chris01

    According to the manufacturer, the Invap RPA-170M 3D radar has a maximum range of 170 nautical miles (or about 315km).

    Rio Grande in Tierra del Fuego is well over 500km away from the falklands.

    I don't think they'll be monitoring much of much...

    Jun 01st, 2022 - 03:57 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Pugol-H

    The manufacturer’s only claim a 170 NMi range for the RPA -170M model and a 240 NMi range for the RPA-200 model (compared to the 320 NMi range of the Theale GM400α, or 1240 NMi range of the Theale SMART-L).

    And that’s against conventional Aircraft, most unlikely they will be able to detect stealth Aircraft like F35s.

    A teeny weeny bit optimistic to think that this will give them any kind of ‘monitoring’, never mind ‘control’, over the British territories in the S. Atlantic/Antarctic.

    ‘Argentina's Antarctica settlements’, ‘settlements’ now is it???

    Bad translation, they must mean ‘Squatters’.

    When will they learn, unlike Atahualpa or the Mapuche, the British have more than just sticks and stones with which to defend their territory.

    Jun 01st, 2022 - 05:07 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • FitzRoy

    When Gus was trotting this out this week on Twitter I commented, to which he has yet to reply, that this radar system will not offer any control over the “south Atlantic islands” (I assume he means the Falkland Islands?) being as their reach falls way short of our FICZ. What would they do if they did detect one of our Typhoons, not that that will happen. And the radome does not look too substantial, one good stiff breeze and untold damage will ensue. Seriously, this is the sort of system mounted on the back of a truck and is designed for battlefield areas.

    Jun 02nd, 2022 - 10:40 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The English Pirate

    The Argentine air farce couldn't find their own backside if somebody jammed a Sidewinder up it. Has anybody got a Shrike?

    Jun 02nd, 2022 - 10:47 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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