UNMA radar ready for commissioning

Officials inspecting the new UNMA radar at Kigungu, Entebbe


By Andrew Kaggwa, NECJOGHA

KAMPALA, UGANDA- The state of the art radar which the Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) has been installing at Entebbe is complete and is due for commissioning this month.

“On 29th May 2019, the Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) provided an update on the construction of RADAR that is being installed Kigungu- Entebbe. The radar will be ready for commissioning in July 2019,” a short statement on UNMA’s website says.

RADAR is an acronym for Radio Detection And Ranging, and in its simplest form it consists of a transmitted radio signal aimed by an antenna in a particular direction, and a receiver that detects the echoes off any objects in the path of the signal.

During a tour of the construction of the radar in May the Minister of State for Environment – Dr. Mary Goretti Kitutu said the weather radars will help UNMA to enhance weather forecast, targeting to know where exactly it will rain or shine at micro -climate level and also help to monitor certain features then know what to improve in terms of environment protection.

PEJA East Africa, which is a subsidiary of a Dutch company called PEJA, has been doing the construction of the radar.

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