Tue, May 09, 2006
Corporation announced Monday it has been selected by the Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) to modify transmitters on 135 ASR-9
air traffic control radars. The upgrade program aims to provide
cost-effective enhancements in performance and operational
availability, while reducing operation and maintenance costs.
"Every major airport in America has an ASR-9 radar built by
Northrop Grumman," said Tom Chrzanowski, director of FAA Air
Traffic Management Systems at Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems
sector. "All told, these radars enable air traffic controllers to
monitor the arrival and departure of over 90 percent of all
domestic air traffic, and provide important air surveillance
information over major metropolitan areas for homeland security and
defense. The transmitter modification will simplify the process by
which the ASR-9 generates a tracking pulse.
"The modification will reduce potential outages and costs, while
providing a modular framework for potential future enhancements.
Minimizing present radar operational costs will help enable the
transition toward the next-generation air traffic control system.
We are pleased to continue our legacy of providing cost-effective
solutions in support of the FAA's National Airspace System."
This $40 million award is the latest in the FAA's multi-phase,
ASR-9 sustainment program, intended to extend the service life of
the ASR-9 through the year 2025. Prior service phases involved
weather and processing system upgrades, a detailed service life
extension study, development of a proof-of-concept system, and
validation of specific antenna and transmitter modifications. The
program is administered by the FAA's Air Traffic Organization.
Northrop Grumman touts over 30 years experience in the design,
production and support of more than 400 ground based surveillance
radar systems for the FAA. These key National Airspace System
elements support enroute, terminal and airport operations and
provide critical surveillance information to the departments of
Homeland Security and Defense for homeland security purposes. In
addition, Northrop Grumman continues to produce and deliver
modification kits for a variety of long-range surveillance radars
for the FAA, Department of Defense and international military
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