Airservices Australia to install new radar in Pilbara

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Airservices Australia has begun work on a new radar installation in Western Australia's Pilbara region.

The radar, which will be installed at Paraburdoo, will provide air traffic control surveillance in the region.

It will provide surveillance coverage of up to 15,000ft (4570m) for traffic operating in or out of West Angeles, Barimunya, Fortescue Dave Forrest and Newman, says Airservices Australia.

The Australian air traffic control services provider adds that radar coverage will be provided for traffic operating to and from Karratha.

"Perth Airport, the hub for growth in Western Australia, has experienced a rise of 12.5% in aircraft movements in the last year alone," says Airservices' executive general manager for projects and engineering, Mark Rodwell.

"With so many additional planes flying to and from the Pilbara region, [the] radar provides us with the capability to know the exact location of an aircraft in real time."

Airservices expects to complete the radar installation at a site in Mount Mysery, which also hosts other Airservices equipment, by November.