Hensoldt, a Germany-based security sensors supplier, and US-based defence contractor Raytheon Company have entered a partnership to jointly develop and market new airport surveillance radars to improve air traffic safety.
The two companies are looking at a range of opportunities: approach control of civil airports, air traffic control, airspace surveillance and identification of aircraft as per the newest standards Mode S and Mode 5.
Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services, transportation and support services vice-president Bob Delorge said: “The system we’re developing brings together our market-leading products to create an advanced, proven airport surveillance radar.”
They hope the combination of Hensoldt’s primary radar airport surveillance radar, its monopulse secondary surveillance radar and Raytheon’s Mode S monopulse secondary surveillance radar will give customers the optimum solution.
It will bring the companies’ ATC and sensor portfolios together and grow their market presence across the globe and provide new capabilities to their customers.
Hensoldt executive board member and head of radar/IFF/data link Erwin Paulus said: “Working with Raytheon, we will jointly improve flight safety for our citizens. Our complementary products will enable us to better serve our customers’ needs.”
In a separate development, Raytheon has secured a $73m FAA contract modification to perform Technical Refresh 1 of the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System.
With this update, future terminal next-generation air traffic control tools can be incorporated into the automated air traffic control system STARS, and further enhance the safety of the National Airspace System.
STARS is operated by both the FAA and the Department of Defence (DoD) to manage airspace in large, complex terminal areas, such as New York, as well as in small, but security-sensitive airspace.