Toshiba to Supply Taiwan with World’s Largest Class S-Band Weather Radar System

  • Order from GECI GROUP for Taiwan Central Weather Bureau
  • World’s largest class antenna delivers wide area observation with
    range of 400 km
  • Microwave transistor realizes high level observation capabilities
    of Typhoon Alley

TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502) today announced that it will contribute
to better understanding of weather conditions in Taiwan by providing the
Taiwan Central Weather Bureau with an S-band weather radar system with
an antenna in the world’s largest class, for installation in Chigu
district, Tainan city. The system, to be delivered by Toshiba with High
Bound Co., Ltd, a Taiwanese engineering company, under an order received
from GECI GROUP (GECI), Spanish system integration and high-technology
company, will have a range of approx. 400km, and will support high
resolution imaging of precipitation and wind velocity, essential for
accurate, pinpoint weather forecasting. Toshiba, High Bound and GECI
will deliver the system in 2019.

The western Pacific, long known as Typhoon Alley, is home to some of the
world’s strongest tropical cyclones, including the strongest ever
recorded, Typhoon Tip. Taiwan is regularly hit by typhoons, such as
Nepartak, which made landfall in July 2016, causing extensive damage and
claiming three lives. As a mountainous island where torrential rains can
quickly result in landslides and flooding, Taiwan must be constantly
ready to deal with the risk of such disasters, and deployment of
Toshiba’s S-band radar will make a major contribution to the island’s
state of readiness.

The radar system adopts dual polarization and Toshiba’s state-of-the-art
microwave transistors to deliver wide area observation, and achieves
high level observation capabilities and accuracy. The system also
integrates several redundant microwave transistors to maintain operation
if some cease operation. Toshiba received the order following GECI’s
technical review and price evaluating.

Masaki Haruyama, Vice President of the Defense & Electronic Systems Div.
in Toshiba’s Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Company said, “We are
very pleased to have received our first order for a weather radar system
for Taiwan. We are confident the system will contribute to advancing
weather observation capabilities and the provision of timely, reliable

In addition to S-band weather radars for wide-area observations, Toshiba
also develops and delivers X-band dual polarization transportable
Doppler weather radar systems for more localized monitoring. The company
is focused on expanding sales of these systems in countries where severe
weather is a source of concern and disaster prevention systems are
needed, including India and Southeast Asia region.

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Toshiba promotes global operations and is contributing to the
realization of a world where generations to come can live better lives.

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network of 551 consolidated companies employing 188,000 people
worldwide, with annual sales surpassing 5.6 trillion yen (US$50
billion). (As of March 31, 2016.)
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