RAF Shawbury first airbase to get Marshall Air Traffic Management System

RAF Shawbury is the first air base to be equipped with a state-of-the-art air traffic management system.

Initial Operating Capability (IOC) has been declared on the first Marshall Total Air Traffic Management (ATM) solution at Shropshire Air Force Base.

Variants of the system will now be rolled out to over 60 MOD sites in the UK and overseas by 2024, including Cyprus, Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands.

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New technologies delivered under the Marshall program include new STAR-NG primary radars and control tower ATM systems with TopSky™, a digital air traffic control and management solution.

As well as new radios, it also includes voice switches and a range of other navigation and airfield approach aids.

An important feature of Program Marshall is WAM (Wide Area Multilateration) technology – providing high frame rate, constant and up-to-date data and high reliability.

Squadron Leader Steve Leech, senior air traffic control (SATCO) officer at RAF Shawbury, said he was “tremendously proud” of his team for getting the equipment operational.

“As the first unit to transition to full operational service, the past year has understandably been a challenging and exciting time of change,” he said.

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