Improved air traffic control over the southern Baltic Sea with new radar

Published: 29 March 2021 12:41

LFV has commissioned a new primary radar in southern Sweden. With this, LFV's air traffic controllers who manage traffic over the southern Baltic Sea receive important flight safety-enhancing information about flights without transponders.


State aircrafts occasionally fly over international waters in the southern Baltic Sea without transponders (see below for explanation) in compliance with current regulations. Over the years, there have been a number of incidents involving civilian flights and flights without transponders.

For many years, the Swedish Armed Forces has provided LFV with information when necessary to give air traffic controllers a situational awareness of what cannot be seen from LFV's radar data in the control centres. However, LFV’s need for its own primary radar grew and a decision was made in 2015 to invest in its own radar.

‘I am pleased to confirm that we now have a new operational radar. With this, our air traffic controllers can get an even better situational awareness of the air traffic and we can continue to deliver a safe, robust, and reliable air traffic service in our area of responsibility,’ says LFV's Director General Ann Persson Grivas.

The project has received external funding from the EU.

For more information, please contact LFV's press service on telephone +46 (0)11 19 20 50.

LFV is Sweden's leading provider of air traffic control and associated services for civil and military aviation. LFV pioneered remote air traffic control and is a driver of digitisation in several areas. By participating in various collaboration efforts, we help make the use of European airspace more efficient. 

Facts about LFV

  • LFV is the air traffic controller at 16 airports and operates four control centres in Sweden. ATCC Stockholm, ATCC Malmö (ATCC=Air Traffic Control Center), RTC Stockholm (Remote Tower Center), and Östgöta Kontrollcentral.
  •  LFV has more than 70 years' experience and knowledge of air traffic control services and aviation safety.
  • 40 years' experience of integrating civil and military air traffic control services.
  • LFV is a state-owned enterprise.
  • 99.9 percent punctuality.
  • 100 percent achieved aviation safety goals.
  • LFV has 1,100 employees.
  • The statistic that LFV reports includes civil IFR-traffic.

Facts about radar and air traffic control
Civilian air traffic control today mainly uses information from a secondary radar. This contains data that the aircraft's transponder transmits about the aircraft's altitude, position, course, and speed. A primary radar can detect an aircraft flying without a transponder but with more limited information.

Disclaimer: The EU organisation INEA is not responsible for the information provided in this press release.