Tethered Aerostat radar system to enhance Navy’s intel gathering


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SAN ANTONIO, ZAMBALES – The Philippine Navy has enhanced its intelligence gathering after receiving a 28-meter class Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS) from Washington on August 22 during a turnover ceremony at the Naval Education and Training Command – Philippine Navy (NETC) here.

By Jonas Reyes

Tethered Aerostat radar system

According to U.S. Embassy, Manila Philippines Deputy Chief of Mission to the Philippines Michael Klescheski, “The new TARS will provide the Philippine Navy with intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities. This modern and sophisticated radar system will help the Philippine Navy detect vessels near the Philippine shores.”

Klescheski handed over the TARS to Philippine Navy Flag Officer in Command Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado. Mercado said that the NETC in Zambales was chosen to be the staging point since this is the largest real-estate property of the Philippine Navy with a flat terrain.

Mercado also stated that the area fits the minimum space of 300ft by 300ft open area required to launch the aircraft. “Also, as the premier training institution of the Philippine Navy, personnel here can be trained using this system as one of the new competencies.”

Mercado also bared plans that any intelligence gathered by the TARS will be shared with other government agencies that are critical in keeping the waters of the Philippines safe and secure.
The aerostat is a large fabric envelope filled with helium, and can rise up to an altitude of 5,000 feet while tethered by a single cable. The 28-meter class TARS is a self-sustained, rapidly deployable, unmanned lighter-than-air platform that will bolster maritime domain awareness.

The TARS also includes a weather station that provides telemetry data to the ground station for the monitoring of ambient temperature, pressure, wind speed and other pertinent parameters in the operation of the system.

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