U.S. Air Force Accepts First Article ASR-11 Digital Airport Surveillance Radar (DASR) Systems

Sep 16, 2002, 01:00 ET from Raytheon Company

    MARLBORO, Mass., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company's first article
 ASR-11 digital airport surveillance radar (DASR) systems located at Eglin Air
 Force Base, Fla., and Stockton, Calif., have been accepted by the U.S. Air
 Force.  This contract milestone has been achieved through confirmation of
 compliant performance through testing.
     Acceptance of these first article systems clears the way for acceptance of
 low rate initial production (LRIP) systems, which are being installed at
 multiple locations throughout the U.S.  Raytheon is currently manufacturing 38
 LRIP systems for the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Federal Aviation
 Administration (FAA).
     "The DoD's acceptance of the first article systems is a significant
 milestone in the DoD's and FAA's air traffic control modernization," said Bob
 Eckel, vice president of Raytheon's air traffic management systems.  "This
 decision is based on test programs that ensured the systems met their design
     The all solid-state ASR-11 radar provides a modern, highly reliable
 upgrade to replace existing aging ASR-7 and 8 radars. The ASR-11 provides
 airport terminal area primary surveillance coverage to 60 nautical miles and
 secondary surveillance coverage to 120 nautical miles. The ASR-11 digital
 processing provides greatly improved target and weather processing to support
 the improved performance associated with deployment of the Standard Terminal
 Automation Replacement System (STARS).
     The ASR-11 DASR is a joint procurement for the DoD and the FAA.  Raytheon
 is under contract to develop and install up to 93 ASR-11 systems for the DoD
 and 122 for the FAA over the next several years.
     With headquarters in Lexington, Mass., Raytheon Company (NYSE:   RTN) is a
 global technology leader in defense, government and commercial electronics and
 business and special mission aircraft.
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