Raytheon, Metron, AirDat in Weather Partnership

By Tish Drake | September 30, 2011
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Raytheon has teamed with AirDat LLC, of Lakewood, Colo., and Metron Aviation, of Dulles, Va., to provide a weather system for FAA's Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) weather programs. The companies said the partnership will help the FAA meet its airspace modernization efforts through better weather information that is assimilated into weather processing systems throughout the National Airspace System (NAS). The Raytheon team will address two major FAA programs: NextGen Network Enabled Weather (NNEW) and NextGen Weather Processor (NWP).

"Raytheon's teaming agreement with AirDat and Metron Aviation positions us to provide the NextGen weather solution set today through innovative and proven technologies that deliver weather benefits to NAS stakeholders and align with the FAA's NextGen weather vision," said Mike Prout, vice president for Raytheon Network Centric Systems' Security and Transportation Systems.

The Raytheon team will leverage FAA Automation Systems and Decision Support Tools and take full advantage of integration into the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) 4 Dimensional Weather Cube, providing common benefits to weather stakeholders. Accelerating NextGen weather benefits now will help stakeholders improve operational efficiency early and ultimately save money.

"Collectively, we have proven expertise across the entire NNEW and NWP requirements," said Prout. "We have the ability to deliver advanced weather forecasts and information, and the operational understanding to realize the NextGen benefits through integration into the ground automation systems and decision support tools."

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