Raytheon awarded air traffic contract

The US Army has awarded Raytheon with a contract to provide the US Army and US Marine Corps with an immediate forward deployed tactical air traffic control capability.


The US Army has awarded Raytheon with a contract to provide the US Army and US Marine Corps with an immediate forward deployed tactical air traffic control system.



The contract has a potential value of $200m with all options exercised for the AN/TPN-31 Air Traffic Navigation, Integration and Coordination System (ATNAVICS) and the AN/FPN-67 Fixed-Base Precision Approach Radar (FBPAR). The Army has exercised the first production option for $36m, which includes the manufacture, test and delivery of four ATNAVICS and technology refresh of key system components.



Under the contract, Raytheon will manufacture, test and deliver up to 30 ATNAVICS and nine FBPAR systems over five years. This follows an earlier initial contract in which Raytheon provided the US Army with 24 ATNAVICS and 18 FBPAR systems. Under the new procurement, the US Navy and US Marine Corps plan to procure 12 ATNAVICS for Marine Expeditionary Force use.



The AN/TPN-31 ATNAVICS is the world’s only fully autonomous International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and US National Airspace System compliant Ground-Controlled Approach (GCA) system that can be transported in a C- 130 aircraft. The fully integrated system provides air traffic control services for the rapid deployment of troops and equipment to remote locations where no operational airport control and landing system exists.



Mounted on two High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs), ATNAVICS includes Primary, Secondary and Precision Approach Radars, Identify Friend or Foe (IFF) capabilities as well as an operations shelter with controller consoles, advanced automation displays and secure multi-mode communications. The AN/FPN-67 FBPAR is a Precision Approach Radar (PAR) application intended for permanent airfield installation.