NATS awards Raytheon Systems £75 million contract

National Air Traffic Services has awarded Raytheon Systems a £75 million contract to supply and install primary and secondary radars at 20 sites throughout the UK.

National Air Traffic Services (NATS) has awarded Raytheon Systems (RSL) a £75 million contract to supply and install primary and secondary radars at 20 sites throughout the UK. The contract is said to form part of a major upgrade programme that NATS is undertaking to replace its entire UK Air Traffic Control radar network.

RSL is the lead partner in the programme and will be co-ordinating the provision of the equipment, which comes from Raytheon in the UK and its sister company, Raytheon Canada. The contract also covers the provision of in-service support and maintenance during the life of the system, which is expected to be in use until 2027.

The Mode S Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar (MSSR) will be made to the same specifications as RSL equipment supplied to other European air traffic authorities, providing a common standard across the continent. This will allow NATS to share in future collaborative developments and benefit from reduced support costs.

‘This is an important contract for us and it reinforces our long standing involvement in supplying ATC systems for the control of UK airspace,’ commented Bob McIntyre, RSL’s managing director.

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