FAA certifies ITT Exelis airport ground vehicle transmitter device

  FAA certifies ITT Exelis airport ground vehicle transmitter device

 Technology enhances the safety and efficiency of airfield operations through
                            situational awareness

Business Wire

HERNDON, Va. -- February 11, 2013

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has certified the ITT Exelis
(NYSE: XLS) vehicle movement area transmitter (V-MAT) device as fully
compliant with its standards.

V-MAT is a device that permits ground vehicles operating on the airport
surface to broadcast their position. FAA air traffic controllers can then view
and track the vehicles, as well as appropriately equipped aircraft operating
near the airport and on the airport surface. This enhanced situational
awareness for air traffic controllers provides a complete picture of airport
surface activity and enables greater safety and efficiency for airfield

“Achieving certification of this device was the result of a significant
collaborative effort between Exelis, FAA, Massachusetts Port Authority, and
the FreeFlight Systems vehicle unit manufacturer,” said Ted Carniol, head of
Exelis commercial aviation solutions. “Equipping vehicles with V-MAT will
increase the safety and efficiency of airfield operations particularly in
situations such as construction and snow removal and in critical situations
such as aircraft emergency events.”

The Exelis V-MAT is the first such device to be certified by the FAA under the
stringent requirements of FAA Advisory Circular (AC) 150/5220-26. This
certification ensures that the devices are properly installed and configured
in airport vehicles, properly maintained, and fully compliant with FAA
standards for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B). ADS-B is the
FAA’s satellite-based successor to radar and is the cornerstone of the Next
Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) initiative to modernize air
traffic control in the national airspace system.

The V-MAT device uses ADS-B technology to determine and share precise vehicle
location information. Vehicles operating with V-MAT devices will have their
transmissions automatically detected by FAA ADS-B receivers and delivered to
air traffic controller positions for complete airport-wide situational
awareness anywhere, anytime.

About ITT Exelis

ITT Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense and
information solutions company with strong positions in enduring and emerging
global markets. Exelis is a leader in networked communications, sensing and
surveillance, electronic warfare, navigation, air traffic solutions and
information systems with growing positions in cyber security, composite
aerostructures, logistics and technical services. The company has a 50-year
legacy of innovation and technology expertise, partnering with customers
worldwide to deliver affordable, mission-critical products and services for
managing global threats, conflicts and complexities. Headquartered in McLean,
Va., the company employs about 20,500 people and generated 2011 sales of $5.8
billion. www.exelisinc.com


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