Raytheon Team Proposes Single International Standard in ADS-B Pursuit

Mar 05, 2007, 00:00 ET from Raytheon Company

    WASHINGTON, March 5, 2007 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE:   RTN)
 is proposing an innovative solution for the Federal Aviation
 Administration's Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast program that
 reduces equipment costs and improves safety by adopting a single
 international standard for locating aircraft.
     ADS-B is the first step in the FAA's next generation air transportation
 system, known as NextGen. Aircraft equipped with the ADS-B technology
 continuously broadcast location, airspeed and identification information to
 air traffic controllers. These transmissions will provide a highly accurate
 air traffic picture to controllers and pilots of other ADS-B equipped
     Raytheon's ADS-B team solution was recently selected by the FAA as one
 that will compete for the program award.
     "The FAA asked industry to be innovative in its approach to the ADS-B
 challenge so that the government could enjoy earlier and increased user
 benefits as well as reduced investment," said Andy Zogg, vice president of
 Raytheon's Airspace Management and Homeland Security business. "Raytheon
 embraced that challenge and developed an innovative technological solution
 that far exceeds what would be possible in the conventional approach.
     "The Raytheon team solution uses a single frequency that is becoming
 the standard around the world as opposed to utilizing two different
 frequencies, one for commercial aircraft and another for general aviation,"
 said Zogg.
     The solution will transmit weather information to the cockpit using the
 XM WX Satellite Weather Service already in use by thousands of pilots
 nationwide. The surveillance system will use U.K. defense giant QinetiQ's
 radio design, carried on Verizon's nationwide telecommunications network,
 while using existing ARINC and Verizon air-ground radio and cellular
     "With the Raytheon solution, not only does the government benefit, but
 the user community benefits as well," said Zogg. "The Raytheon team
 approach is cost effective and ultimately safer for everyone."
     The Raytheon team collectively brings more than 90 years experience in
 installing, operating and managing mission-critical air traffic services
 globally. It consists of Verizon Business, Basking Ridge, N.J.; ARINC,
 Annapolis, Md.; QinetiQ, Hampshire, United Kingdom; XM Satellite Radio,
 Washington, D.C.; Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Va.; Sun Microsystems, Inc.,
 Santa Clara, Calif.; and Intelligent Automation, Inc., Rockville, Md.
     As a provider of the FAA's data communications network, Verizon
 Business has proven experience in deploying the type of highly available
 network required by the system. Verizon Business will be responsible for
 operating and monitoring the nationwide communication network.
     ARINC developed the aviation voice and data communication systems and
 networks in use today by airlines and civil aviation authorities around the
 world. It will be responsible for installation, operations and maintenance
 of ADS-B equipment at its existing network of air-ground stations, as well
 as lending its expertise to supporting system development and operations.
     QinetiQ developed Quadrant, a state-of-the-art air traffic surveillance
 system with both ADS-B and multilateration capability, leveraging QinetiQ's
 50-plus years experience in developing air traffic management equipment.
 QinetiQ, along with their partner Comsoft, will provide ground-based
 transmitters and receivers, as well as supporting system analysis and
 ground station design.
     XM Satellite Radio is the largest supplier of cockpit weather data in
 the U.S. XM will supply weather and aeronautical data via its existing
 nationwide satellite-based service.
     Booz Allen Hamilton is working with Raytheon to develop a sound
 commercial model that provides maximum return on the government's
     Sun Microsystems, Inc., will provide commercial-off-the-shelf hardware
 and software solutions to support the highly available information
 infrastructure required by the program.
     Intelligent Automation, Inc., brings expertise in national air space
 modeling and simulation to the team. It will provide systems engineering
 knowledge to the development and deployment of the ADS-B system.
     Raytheon Company, with 2006 sales of $20.3 billion, is an industry
 leader in defense and government electronics, space, information
 technology, technical services, and business and special mission aircraft.
 With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs more than 80,000
 people worldwide.
     Lynford Morton

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