Lockheed Martin-ARINC team submits USAF ATC radar bid
Lockheed Martin has announced that it and ARINC has submitted its team proposal for a new, transportable air traffic control (ATC) radar system that will enable US Air Force (USAF) and Air National Guard units to quickly establish tactical military or disaster-relief airfield operations around the world. The company made the announcement 30 July 2012.
According to the company, the USAF is procuring 19 ATC surveillance radar systems under the Deployable Radar Approach Control (D-RAPCON) programme. The system can deploy within 48 hours worldwide by C-130 aircraft and take less than six hours to set up. The total programme value is expected to be more than $400 million.
The Lockheed Martin-ARINC team's solution integrates field-proven systems, including Lockheed Martin's TPS-79 tactical surveillance radar and Microprocessor-En Route Automated Radar Tracking System (Micro-EARTS), and ARINC's transportable ATC operations shelter.
The USAF’s D-RAPCON programme will replace aging and difficult to maintain ATC systems in service, including the more than 40-year-old AN/TPN-19 landing control centre. Ten D-RAPCON systems will go to the Air National Guard, seven to active-duty USAF Space Command units, and one each to the air force's ATC school and depot.
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