TEWKSBURY, Mass., May 20 (UPI) -- Rapidly deployable air traffic control systems for global military operations are to be developed and produced by Raytheon for the U.S. Air Force.
The system would be a mobile "air-traffic-in-a-box" system that could be fully operational within six hours of deployment, Raytheon said.
The contract has a potential value of $260 million. The Air Force has authorized $50.6 million for the early stage for one engineering and manufacturing development unit with options for as many as 18 of the Deployable Radar Approach Control systems.
Receiving the systems would be the Air National Guard, the Air Force Space Command, the Air Force ATC school and the Air Force depot.
"Our deployable system capitalizes on many years of investment and testing and will support safe and efficient airspace operations in areas where air traffic infrastructure is compromised or non-existent," said Joseph Paone, director of Air Traffic Management in Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business.
D-RAPCON would consist of a transportable antenna plus three trailer-sized shelters for housing radar equipment, communications systems and an operations center with multiple controller work stations.