Birdstrike radar deployed to Bagram

 - October 1, 2009, 6:45 AM

The U.S. Air Force has ordered a DeTect Merlin Aircraft Birdstrike Avoidance System to be installed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. The Merlin system for Bagram is self-contained in a mobile unit and includes the SharpEye solid-state bird radar sensor system, which can detect bird activity to eight miles through 360 degrees “in all weather conditions,” according to DeTect. The Merlin system provides “automated birdstrike warnings to air traffic controllers and pilots.”