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Radar Structures

radar1International defence & security contractor QinetiQ approached ABP (Alifabs) back in 2005 to design and develop a structure capable of supporting their new Tarsier Radar. QinetiQ chose us for our extensive experience within the airport sector and also our combined knowledge and skills building in telecommunications structures.

Tarsier is the world’s first runway hazard management system with fully automatic Foreign Object Debris (FOD) detection capabilities. Designed specifically to locate potentially hazardous debris on airport runways, Tarsier is bringing a new level of safety to airports across the globe.

The design criteria set by QinetiQ demands a very stringent control on lateral and rotational deflection and this has been comfortably achieved using a hexagonal shaped structure and rationalization of steel members to offer an efficient yet robust product. The design demands a very high degree of manufacturing tolerance that is not often used in structural steel fabrication. Attention to accuracy is critical so all design work is performed in-house using the latest CAD 3D solid modelling packages.



ABP continue to work with QinetiQ on modifications to the structure in order to accommodate new technological enhancements in the products capabilities.

For more information on Tarsier follow this link –

radar2The current list of structures deployed by ABP around the world includes:

  • Vancouver International Airport – Canada
  • Dubai International Airport – U.A.E.
  • London Heathrow Airport – United Kingdom
  • Providence, Rhode Island – United States
  • RAF Boscombe Down – United Kingdom
  • Doha International Airport – Qatar
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