Raytheon gets national airspace contract

Raytheon Co. is developing an advanced situational awareness system for the national airspace, the company announced.

The Transportation Department’s Volpe National Transportation Systems Center awarded the contract to Raytheon to develop the NextGen Terminal Data Distribution System. The center supports the Federal Aviation Administration. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Raytheon Network Centric Systems will develop the new data distribution system to coordinate information sharing for disparate tracking systems. It will automate flight information and facilitate data exchange for improved situational awareness. With greater awareness of traffic, there will be improved capacity in the nation’s airspace.

Other team members are Lockheed Martin Corp.'s Transportation and Security Solutions Division, Intelligent Automation Corp. and Dnutch Associates.

Raytheon, with revenues of $23 billion in 2008, ranked No. 4 on Washington Technology’s 2008 Top 100 list of federal prime IT contractors in 2008. Based in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 73,000 people worldwide.

About the Author

Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

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