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Monday, October 20, 2008

New Systems at Four Major Airports

Air traffic control towers located in Chicago, Denver, St. Louis, and Minneapolis-St. Paul are now using automated radar processing and display systems deployed as part of the Federal Aviation Administration's Terminal Area Modernization Replacement (TAMR) program. The project was developed by a Raytheon/Lockheed Martin team which installed the new gear at the four Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facilities.
Updating systems and displays that controllers use at or near the nation's major airports not only addresses hardware obsolescence and capacity issues, but it also improves the computer-human interface within the National Airspace System. In addition, the new systems -- which incorporate easier-to-view graphical displays -- provide the FAA flexibility to incorporate existing and future technology enhancements needed to meet the challenges of an evolving airspace system, such as multiple radar sensor displays and automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) capabilities.
"By working together, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin have been able to provide a best value solution to ensure the FAA achieves its mission of aviation safety and efficiency for airline passengers," said Sandra Samuel, vice president of Lockheed Martin Aviation Solutions. "We are proud to provide FAA professionals at these four major airports with modernized technologies, allowing them to continue to evolve toward an innovative and efficient Next Generation Air Transportation System."

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