UNTERSCHLEISSHEIM, Germany, 25 Sept. 2011. Cassidian in Unterschleissheim, Germany, has finished upgrading the identification equipment of all German military aircraft, and has handed over the last installment of its STR 2000 military transponders to the German Procurement Authority BWB. Cassidian, the defense and security division of European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company N.V. (EADS) in Leiden, The Netherlands, has delivered more than 650 transponders were delivered since 2002 to German military forces since 2002, Cassidian officials say.Cassidian's upgraded transponders ensure the safe operation of aircraft in civilian airspace according to new requirements of the European air traffic control authority EuroControl, Cassidian officials say. Interrogators on the ground emit signals to request flight data from individual aircraft, such as their origin, course, or speed. Onboard transponders automatically answer these requests to help controllers track the position of each aircraft.Military aircraft also respond to these non-military requests as part of the identification-friend-or-foe (IFF) process. Military aircraft also transmit additional data in an encrypted mode so air traffic controllers and military air defense authorities identify them reliably as friendly aircraft during military operations.
Military aircraft require transponders with civil and military functions. Cassidian has supplied many military identification systems for air, naval and ground vehicles to a armed forces in Germany, France, Finland, and Australia.
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