FAA traffic control system will get a technical refresh from Raytheon

DULLES, Va. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials modified an existing contract with Raytheon to perform Technical Refresh 1 of the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS). The contract is worth an estimated $73 million.

officials explain the update will enable future Terminal NextGen tools to be incorporated into STARS and further enhance the safety and efficiency of the National Airspace System (NAS). The NextGen air traffic control tools under consideration include for improved terminal area weather, performance-based for more precise flight paths, and unmanned aircraft system services for improved situational awareness.

"This upgrade will enable the to develop and implement future air traffic management technologies and increase system capacity and reliability," says Bob Delorge, vice president, Transportation and Support Services, Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. "These improvements will be especially important in the busy, high-priority Northeast Corridor."

STARS is the automated air traffic control system operated by both the FAA and Department of Defense () to manage airspace in both large, complex terminal areas, such as New York, and in small, but security-sensitive airspace. STARS simplifies the implementation of NextGen enhancements that will improve air traffic flow and separation in the NAS.