The Finnish air Surveillance Radar System Evolution: From war Time Experience to Network Enabled Warfare System

Martti Lehto*, Juha Antti Lamberg

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Abstract

This article analyzes the evolution of Finnish Radar System Development. The Air Surveillance system is inherently a combination of human communities and technical systems. The objective of this paper is to outline the empirical framework for the evolution of the Air Force's radar system and analyze why the radar systems are identical to various countries from institutional logic / global convergence but they develop at the same time as a result of nation- specific processes (the logic of path dependence).The evolution of radar systems in Finnish Air Force can be seen as divided into phases, each with a different focus area. The objective during the 1950s was to build an indigenous radar system since Western high technology was unavailable. Buying Western equipment became possible during the 1960s. In the 1970s Finland developed indigenous radar systems. A major evolutionary change began during the 1980s. The final decade of the Cold War saw the attainment of operational capability of the last radar system of Finnish design so far. Programs for the acquisition from abroad of long- and short-range surveillance radar systems were launched as the decade was drawing to a close.The article provides patterns, discourse, and analyses of radar evolution from the standpoint of institutional logic and path dependence.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication9th European Conference on Information Warfare and Security 2010, ECIW 2010
Pages168-176
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2010
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventEuropean Conference on Information Warfare and Security - Thessaloniki, Greece
Duration: 1 Jul 20102 Jul 2010
Conference number: 9

Conference

ConferenceEuropean Conference on Information Warfare and Security
Abbreviated titleECIW
CountryGreece
CityThessaloniki
Period01/07/201002/07/2010

Keywords

  • Evolution
  • Institutional logic
  • Radar system
  • The logic of path dependence

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