Raytheon To Modernize Largest FAA Terminal Air Traffic Control Facilities


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Raytheon To Modernize Largest FAA Terminal Air Traffic Control Facilities

By Bill Goldston

April 7, 2011 - Raytheon Company was awarded a $177 million contract modification by the Federal Aviation Administration to continue deployment of the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System, or STARS, under the FAA's terminal automation modernization and replacement program. 

STARS is a joint procurement for the FAA and Department of Defense. It is a highly reliable air traffic automation system designed to replace capacity-constrained terminal area air traffic control facilities within the National Airspace System. 

The Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS) is an air traffic control automation system currently being used in many TRACONs around the United States. STARS is intended to replace the Automated Radar Terminal System (ARTS). ARTS is still in use at many air traffic control facilities.

The STARS program receives and processes target reports, weather, and other nontarget messages from both terminal and en route digital sensors. Additionally, it automatically tracks primary and secondary surveillance targets and provides aircraft position information to the enhanced traffic management system (ETMS).  

Finally it also detects unsafe proximities between tracked aircraft pairs and provides warning if tracked aircraft are detected at a dangerously low altitude. Additional features it includes are converging runway display aid (CRDA) and controller automation spacing aid (CASA). These features display "ghost" targets as an aid to controllers attempting to tightly space aircraft in the terminal environment. 

"With more than 100 STARS systems delivered, it further confirms STARS is the best choice for the future of terminal air traffic modernization and provides a NextGen-ready platform," said Andy Zogg, Raytheon Network Centric Systems vice president of Command and Control Systems.  

"We look forward to continuing our successful partnership with the FAA, National Air Traffic Controllers Association and Professional Airways Systems Specialists as we proceed with the deployment plan."


The contract includes production and deployment of 11 systems for the FAA's largest terminal radar approach control facilities including: Northern California, Southern California, Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta, New York, Potomac, St. Louis, Denver, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Chicago and Louisville TRACONs.

For more than 60 years, Raytheon has been at the forefront of designing and delivering the world's most innovative, comprehensive and reliable portfolio of communication, navigation, surveillance and air traffic management solutions for all for all types of civilian and military applications.

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