RI&S to upgrade FAA's space-based precision navigation system to support safer air travel
MARLBOROUGH, Mass., Sept. 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Intelligence & Space, a Raytheon Technologies business (NYSE: RTX), has been awarded a competitive indefinite delivery indefinite quantity contract from the Federal Aviation Administration with a ceiling value of $375 million over the next 10 years. Task orders, valued at $215 million, were executed at contract award to provide technical refresh and Dual Frequency Operation (DFO) upgrades to the FAA's Wide-Area Augmentation System, or WAAS, a space-based precision navigation system, that will enhance safer air travel in support of the National Airspace System.
Under the WAAS DFO-2 contract, RI&S will deliver more modern, and therefore sustainable, processing, system security, and network architecture, while also adding dual frequency service.
"There is no margin for error during take-off, flight or landing," said Denis Donohue, president, Surveillance & Network Systems at RI&S. "Our modernization effort for WAAS will improve system robustness during ionospheric events and ensure safety-of-life requirements continue to be met."
WAAS is a Satellite-based Augmentation System (SBAS), which provides GPS corrections for critical navigation for the aviation community, first responders and other government agencies, ensuring pilots can land safely in austere environments, despite weather challenges. It also provides corrections for SBAS-capable receivers in use across a diverse set of communities, including agriculture, maritime and surveyance, among others.
Raytheon Technologies has been the prime development contractor for WAAS since 1996. Since reaching initial operational capability in 2003, Raytheon Technologies and the FAA have developed and fielded dozens of enhancements expanding WAAS's precision approach capability, coverage area, and reliability, including improvements to the system infrastructure in preparation for Dual Frequency service. WAAS Dual Frequency service will enable increased system accuracy, integrity, and availability when subject to ionospheric perturbations, including solar storms.
Work for this effort is based in Fullerton, California.
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Raytheon Technologies Corporation is an aerospace and defense company that provides advanced systems and services for commercial, military and government customers worldwide. With four industry-leading businesses ― Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Raytheon Missiles & Defense ― the company delivers solutions that push the boundaries in avionics, cybersecurity, directed energy, electric propulsion, hypersonics, and quantum physics. The company, formed in 2020 through the combination of Raytheon Company and the United Technologies Corporation aerospace businesses, is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.
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