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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

FAA Certifies Raytheon for Radar Upgrade

FAA said Wednesday that Raytheon’s advanced electronics system has met a milestone for the Long Range Radar Service Life Extension Program (SLEP), which provides an upgrade of aging radar electronics, according to a Raytheon release.

The new radar transmitters can see out farther and will provide improved detection and clutter management capabilities. The decision by the FAA, which has paved the way for production deployments, signifies Raytheon’s system has met the requirements of the contract in performance, reliability and maintainability.

“The FAA’s decision is a considerable achievement for the program,” said Mike Prout, vice presidents for Raytheon Network Centric Systems’ Security and Transportation Systems. “The system is a great improvement in terms of reliability and operational performance, and satisfies the government’s objective to extend supportable life by at least 20 years and to control life-cycle costs while improving security in the skies.”

Each radar provides surveillance over 400 nautical miles of coverage and detects commercial and military aircraft by providing greater detection capability of non-cooperative targets.
Three radar systems are currently operational in: National Airspace System, including the first system deployment; and two systems at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City, Okla., where they will be used for training and engineering support.

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