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,"
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
SOURCE Raytheon Company