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Telephonics unveils SkySearch 2020

12 October 2018

Bhavesh Patel, principal systems engineer (left) and Frank Messina, chief engineer, with the Telephonics SkySearch 2020 all-mode Mode S MSSR interrogator, which is certified for civil and military applications. (J Beechener)Bhavesh Patel, principal systems engineer (left) and Frank Messina, chief engineer, with the Telephonics SkySearch 2020 all-mode Mode S MSSR interrogator, which is certified for civil and military applications. (J Beechener)

Telephonics launched SkySearch 2020 as its latest secondary surveillance interrogator at the ATCA annual event in Washington in early October.

Following a technical refresh of the SkySearch 2000M Mode S Monopulse Secondary Surveillance (MSSR) radar, the new version requires a much smaller footprint and a tenth the power consumption of the previous model, said chief engineer Frank Messina. “It is a derivative of our secondary surveillance products, designed to last for 30 years,” he said.

SkySearch 2020 features a dual-channel redundant design with easy front access for maintenance, enabling operations staff to replace a part “within minutes”, Messina said. It processes MSSR and military data, supporting Modes 1, 2, 3/A, C, enhanced surveillance, as well as automatic dependent surveillance – broadcast (ADS-B).

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