US Air Force selects Raytheon's transportable air traffic radar system
Mobile "air traffic control in a box" designed for global military operations,
including emergency and humanitarian missions
TEWSKBURY, Mass., May 20, 2013
TEWSKBURY, Mass., May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The U.S. Air Force has awarded
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) a contract to build rapidly deployable air
traffic control (ATC) systems that can be delivered anywhere in the world and
then be fully operational controlling flights within six hours.
The contract, with a potential full value of $260 million, calls for one
Engineering and Manufacturing Development unit plus production options for up
to 18 Deployable Radar Approach Control (D-RAPCON) systems. The Air Force has
authorized Raytheon $50.6 million for the early development stage. Ten of the
units will be delivered to the Air National Guard, seven to the active-duty
Air Force Space Command, one to the Air Force ATC school and one to the Air
D-RAPCON provides sequencing, separation of aircraft, navigation assistance
and airspace control services, all with the latest digital sensors,
communications equipment and advanced surveillance data processing systems.
The Raytheon solution shares many common elements with existing U.S.
Department of Defense ATC infrastructure.
"Our deployable system capitalizes on many years of investment and testing,
and will support safe and efficient airspace operations in areas where air
traffic infrastructure is compromised or non-existent," said Joseph Paone,
director of Air Traffic Management in Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems
D-RAPCON consists of a transportable antenna plus three trailer-sized shelters
that house radar equipment, communications systems, and an operations center
with multiple controller work stations. Each station has the same look and
feel of what a controller would see at a major airport.
The Raytheon technology builds on proven subsystems, including the Digital
Airport Surveillance Radar (DASR) and the Standard Terminal Automation
Replacement System (STARS). U.S. Air Force air traffic controllers are trained
and certified on STARS, the same automation system they use at the fixed-base
Raytheon Company, with 2012 sales of $24 billion and 68,000 employees
worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense,
security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation
spanning 91 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission
systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects;
and command, control, communications and intelligence systems; as well as a
broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham,
Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on
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