News of Raytheon's Option for U.S. Army Tactical Air Traffic
Raytheon Company has a
$16.8 million production option to a previously-awarded U.S. Army
Communications - Electronics Command (CECOM) contract for the
production of AN/TPN-31 Air Traffic Navigation, Integration and
Coordination Systems (ATNAVICS) and AN/FPN-67 Fixed Base Precision
Approach Radar (FBPAR) systems.
Deployable by C-130
ATNAVICS is the only radar ground controlled
approach system mounted on tactical mobile vehicles that is
transportable in a C-130 aircraft. It provides a rapid air traffic
control response for both tactical operations and civil
A lot of work for those HumVees...
ATNAVICS is a completely self-contained system, mounted on two
High Mobility, Multi-purpose, Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs), which
provides rapid response air traffic control services at Army
airfields and tactical landing sites. The system is comprised of an
S-band air surveillance radar, L-band secondary surveillance
radar/identification friend or foe, an X-band precision approach
radar, and Raytheon's AutoTrac air traffic management system. These
systems provide full surveillance to 25 nautical miles and
precision approach coverage to 10 nautical miles in all weather
"Thoroughly tested in the
tactical air traffic environment, the ATNAVICS will provide the
Army unprecedented levels of performance, safety and reliability
well into the 21st century," said Lt. Col. Greg Oelberg, product
manager of U.S. Army Air Traffic Control systems.
"A true force multiplier, the ATNAVICS and FBPAR systems provide
for expeditious air traffic management by enabling continuous,
unimpeded and integrated air traffic services during combined
operations within the Army Tactical Airspace Command and Control
System and National Airspace System."
"Raytheon's ATNAVICS system will provide the Army with an
immediate forward deployed tactical air traffic control
capability," said Robert Eckel, vice president of Raytheon's Air
Traffic Management Systems business. "This unprecedented mobilized
capability for air traffic management will allow for faster
deployment, anywhere, anytime."
The AN/TPN-31 is a tactical system, and the AN/FPN-67 is a