Raytheon to assist DHS with flight-route analysis

Raytheon Co. won a contract with the Homeland Security Department to produce a system that analyzes risk on aviation routes to help choose the best ones for aircraft during emergencies.

DHS awarded the $1.9 million contract for the Advanced Route Evaluation System through its Rapid Technology Application program.

The integrated solution assesses factors such as aircraft type, fuel loads and flight route. It then constructs a model of the relative vulnerability to terrorist activity for any planned flight.

Dan Boelsche, DHS program manager, said ARES will help the department and other parts of the federal government better align and deploy critical resources and manpower to protect national assets.

"The system will determine high-risk air transportation routes based on threat information received from government sources, and help us ensure that the country is prepared should we encounter another national emergency," he said.

Raytheon's team includes Tec-Masters Inc., a small business in Huntsville, Ala. TMI provides engineering, information systems technology, logistics support, multimedia and management services.

Raytheon of Waltham, Mass., has 80,000 employees and had a 2005 revenue of $21.9 billion. The company ranks No. 6 on Washington Technology's 2006 Top 100 list of the largest government IT contractors.

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Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Washington Technology.

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