Crown corporation Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) announced on Friday that it had started the process of acquiring a new site for the installation of primary and secondary surveillance radars at Clark International Airport.
“The government needs a new airport surveillance radar system, as the existing radar installation was built 16 years ago and is far beyond its technically accepted utility of ten years,” said the president of the CIAC , Aaron Aquino, during a recent site inspection of the Civil Aviation Complex.
The head of the CIAC said the modern radar installation project, which includes the supply, installation, testing and commissioning of primary and secondary surveillance radars for Clark Airport, costs 593.6 million pesos and is expected to be completed by February 2023.
Aquino added that the current radar site is to be relocated according to the government’s master plan for Clark Airport, citing technical issues such as height restrictions on commercial buildings surrounding the old radar facility.
“As recommended by CAAP (Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines), the new radar project site will be at Lily Hill, the highest point inside Clark,” he said.
“With a radar system moved, the CIAC will be able to continue city-side commercial developments within the airfield complex without hindrance,” Aquino added.