205 System Overview of The Transportable C-band Klystron Radar for The Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM)

Thursday, 31 August 2017
Zurich DEFG (Swissotel Chicago)
Dennis Vollbracht, Selex ES GmbH, Neuss, Germany; and D. Hilger, H. Niebaum, and C. Duncker

In 2016 IITM contracted Selex ES GmbH to provide with transportable C-Band klystron weather radar for cloud seeding campaigns (CAIPEX- Cloud Aerosol Interaction and Precipitation Enhancement Experiment) and polarimetry research activities at different sites. A standard METEOR 1700S system has been customized to a full transportable weather radar system with autonomous operation. The whole system consists of three 20 feed ISO containers, a transport container for the antenna system, the radar shelter container and the generator container. The transport and radar containers build a stable base for the operational antenna system. Inside the radar container the radar cabinets are mounted on a damper system to allow the safe transportation on the Indian roads. The reflector and dual drive motor configuration allows the weather radar operation up to 110km/h. Furthermore, an automatic park position mode is available to withstand wind speeds up to 180 km/h without employing a radome.

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