APIAY VILLAVICENCIO, Colombia --- On March 29, 2017 a new TADER radar system was delivered to the Colombian Air Force. The radar was officially unveiled during a ceremony at the Captain Luis F. Gómez Niño Air Base, located in Apiay Villavicencio, Colombia. The event was presided over by Minister of National Defense Dr. Luis Carlos Villegas, Governor of Meta Claudia Marcela Amaya García and Mayor of Villavicencio Wilmar Orlando Barbosa Rozo.
Built by Corporación de Alta Tecnología para la Defensa (CODALTEC), TADER is a high mobility system consisting of 3D pulsed-Doppler X-ray primary radar system mounted on a tactical truck. It is designed for aerial surveillance tasks and anti-aircraft defense. TADER is capable of detecting and locating aerial targets flying low in altitude. In addition, it has an integrated secondary radar (IFF-Identification Friend or Foe), which allows the identification of the targets detected by the primary radar.
In addition to monitoring airspace over Colombia, the TADER acquisition program was designed to improve technical and manufacturing know-how in Colombia. CODALTEC worked closely with Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) of Spain to train a group of 12 professionals and 8 uniformed personnel in Colombia to build and maintain advanced 3D radar systems. The project lasted 30 months in which CODALTEC's team of Colombian engineers received academic training and knowledge transfer in the radar area.
The project will also include anther prototype radar system to conduct surface surveillance, and detection of people, vehicles and drones for protection and critical infrastructure known as the Surface Intrusion Detection Radar (SINDER), with which it will be able to cover all the requirements of security in the installations military and critical infrastructure of the country including refineries, oil pipelines, oil fields, reservoirs, airports, moors, natural parks, electricity networks, coal routes, and communications towers.
Finally, under the project, CADALTEC has established a Sensors Division in the Meta region (Villavicencio) that will foster the creation of a technological cluster in the region consisting of industrial companies and universities.
A strong defense industry is seen as a way to advance technology and provide employment to citizens. Argentina, Brazil Chile, Ecuador, and Mexico are also working to develop local industrial capabilities.