Tanzania plans to buy two US$4.4 million new civilian radars

Tanzanian aviation authorities said on Tuesday they planned to acquire two new civilian radars this financial year to replace the one used in Dar es Salaam and install a new one at Mwanza to enhance national surveillance capacity.

Tanzania has only one civilian radar which, with a lifespan of between 10 and 12 years, has outlived its effectiveness, posing serious challenges to air navigation services.

Hamza Johari, Director General of Tanzania Civilian Aviation Authority (TCAA), told a news conference in the east African nation's commercial capital Dar es Salaam that the authority has set aside 4.4 million U.S. dollars in this financial year for buying the two radars.

He said that acquisition of the new radars was among TCAA's priorities this financial year which include improving air navigation services by enhancing communication and surveillance.

"The radar currently in use was installed in 2002 and is outdated thus needs replacement," he said.

Johari said research had shown that the TCAA needed to install at least four radars which help to cater for the whole country's airspace.

He said radars to be acquired will be installed in Mbeya, Kilimanjaro, Mwanza and replacing the outdated one in Dar es Salaam.

"Buying new radars is economically viable. But there are also other benefits such as allowing expeditious and orderly flow of traffic, control and passing of information and search and rescue of aircraft," he said.