Squirrel training helicopter at RAF Shawbury (PIcture: MOD).
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RAF Shawbury first airbase to get Marshall Air Traffic Management system

Variants of the scheme will now be rolled out across more than 60 MOD sites in the UK and overseas by 2024.

Squirrel training helicopter at RAF Shawbury (PIcture: MOD).

RAF Shawbury is the first airbase to be installed with a state-of-the-art air traffic management system.

Initial Operating Capability (IOC) was declared on the first total Marshall Air Traffic Management (ATM) Solution at the Shropshire airbase.

Variants of the system will now be rolled out across more than 60 MOD sites in the UK and overseas by 2024, including Cyprus, Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands.

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New technologies being provided through the Marshall programme include new STAR-NG Primary Radars and control tower ATM systems featuring TopSky™, a digital air traffic control and management solution.

As well as new radios, it also includes voice switches and a range of other airfield navigation and approach aids.

An important feature of Programme Marshall is the Wide Area Multilateration (WAM) technology – providing a high refresh rate, constant and up-to-date data and high reliability.

Squadron Leader Steve Leech, Senior Air Traffic Control Officer (SATCO) at RAF Shawbury, said he was "immensely proud" of his team for turning the equipment operationally.

 "As the first unit to transition to full operational service, the last year has naturally been both a challenging and exciting period of change," he said.