Primagraphics wins development contract for FAA ARSR-4 radar display upgrade

1/14/2003 - Primagraphics, the command & control, video and graphics specialist, has been awarded a development contract by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to provide an upgraded display console for the Air Route Surveillance Radar Model 4 (ARSR-4).

ARSR-4 is a three-dimensional long-range surveillance radar, manufactured by Northrop Grumman Corporation, which is an integral part of the 44-site Joint Surveillance System providing air defence and air traffic control for the continental United States, Guam and Hawaii.

Primagraphics will be supplying PCI hardware and software from its established METRO product range to support the display of radar video, weather and target information. Enhancements of the standard system software are provided to implement specific features in the user-interface to maintain compatibility with existing displays.

The new console hardware will interface to 6 digital videos, which are prioritised and scan converted onto a PPI display. Target and weather messages are received in an ASTERIX format and converted into graphic symbols, which overlay the scan converted radar. Map data can be displayed as an underlay to the radar video, creating a true multi-layer situation display. The development system is based on Primagraphics Advantage scan converter and Virgo PCI radar interface card. Primagraphics existing METROview application software is being enhanced to provide the new features of the user-interface.

The output of the system drives can drive a flat-panel through a digital video connection, or alternatively may drive a CRT through a normal analogue RGB interface. A standard PC keyboard and mouse are used to interact with the system.

Commenting on the contract, David Johnson, product manager at Primagraphics, said: "This is an exciting opportunity, which shows how COTS technology for radar processing and display may be used to offer cost-effective upgrades to give display improvements. This new win follows other successful contracts with the FAA for radar and video recording, and further demonstrates Primagraphics capability to offer competitive COTS solutions for ATC markets."

Primagraphics is a recognised leader in the development of processing and display systems for military and civil applications. Its systems, for VME, PCI and PMC formats, are in use throughout the world for airborne and shipborne command and control consoles, vessel tracking, air traffic control and air defence systems. Details of Primagraphics' range of cards and systems solutions are given on Primagraphics' web site at For more information please telephone +44 (0) 1763 852222 or email

About Primagraphics
Primagraphics, a specialist supplier of graphics and video display systems for VME, PCI and PMC formats, is a recognised leader in the radar and command and control markets. Its expertise encompasses radar scan conversion and tracking solutions, as well as compression, decompression and distribution of data (radar and TV video) across wide and local area networks. As well as providing a range of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) products, Primagraphics designs and manufactures high performance systems to meet specific customer requirements. Founded in 1982, Primagraphics' European headquarters is located at Litlington, near Cambridge, UK. It also has offices in the USA and a network of dealers and distributors worldwide. Primagraphics is a member of the VMEbus International Trade Association (VITA).

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