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Monday, April 23, 2012

Raytheon to Supply Additional ATC Radar Systems to Navy

The U.S. Navy has purchased two more radar systems from Raytheon as part of a continuing effort to replace outdated analog air traffic control systems with digital technology. The new radars will be installed at military bases in New River, N.C., and Quantico, Va.

The Digital Airport Surveillance Radar (DASR) ASR-11 is a fully digital, solid-state radar; they have been deployed to more than 130 sites throughout the world, and will eventually be in more than 150 sites total. The ASR-11 provides primary surveillance radar coverage up to 60 miles and secondary surveillance radar coverage up to 120 miles. It provides the air traffic controller with improved aircraft detection, lower support costs and better weather display. The primary radar is being manufactured in Waterloo, Canada, while the secondary radar will be made in the United States and United Kingdom.

"This radar technology is raising the bar even higher on safety," said Mike Prout, vice president of Security and Transportation Systems for Raytheon's Network Centric Systems business. "Our radars will help controllers maintain safety in an increasingly busy airspace."

The digital radar is also a part of Raytheon's Mobile Air Traffic Control system, which was introduced at this year's ATC Global conference in Amsterdam. More

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