Air Traffic Solutions

From proactive cyber threat hunting to GPS-guided precision landing to enhanced mid- and long-range weather planning, Raytheon continues to pave the way for the data-driven, dynamic future of air travel. Our unique portfolio of automation, surveillance, navigation and landing solutions — backed by extensive cyber, analytics and software expertise — is improving safety and efficiency across more than two-thirds of the world's airspace.

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Supporting the future of airspace

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The pain of rain that's mainly on the planes

A new weather data system will slash the number of delayed and cancelled flights.
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Securing Cyber in the Sky

Layered cybersecurity uses several defense mechanisms, like access restrictions, two-factor authentication and encryption to make the skies safer to the flying public.
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Dawn of the drone age

A network of distributed Skyler radars could speed the deployment of drone deliveries and flying cars while improving safety.
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Raytheon continues to support the future of airspace with numerous systems designed to improve the management of air traffic, deliver weather predicting capabilities, maintain expeditionary operations with transportable radar, and fight cyber threats across the board. In addition, we’ve improved accuracy on GPS signals for satellite-based navigation systems and have given aircraft the ability to land with pinpoint accuracy using highly secured GPS signals, even in hostile environments. Using X-band multi-mission radar technology, we’ve created gap-free surveillance for low altitudes and the ability to detect unmanned aircraft.

Air Traffic Solutions

Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System

Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System, or STARS provides a state-of-the-art air traffic control system for managing terminal area airspace for both the FAA and DoD. STARS receives radar data and flight plan information and presents the information to air traffic controllers on high resolution, color displays. The color displays are capable of displaying six distinct levels of weather data allowing controllers to direct aircraft around bad weather. STARS will maintain safety while increasing cost-effectiveness at terminal facilities across the NAS.

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Skyler radar

Raytheon’s low-power radar Skyler consists of one-meter square Active Electronically Scanned Array, or AESA, software-defined radar units. A network of these small radar units could cover and control the low-altitude flights of smaller craft and guide pilots to touchdown with surgical precision. While Skyler supports safe landings, the network of radar could support aviation surveillance, precision weather observations, small drone detection and tracking, border security and surveillance, wildfire detection, and elevation and geographic gap fills, providing coverage where none now exists.

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Joint Precision Approach and Landing System

Joint Precision Approach and Landing System, or JPALS is an all-weather landing system based on differential GPS for land-based and sea-based aircraft. JPALS works with the GPS satellite navigation system to provide accurate, reliable and high-integrity guidance for fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. The system features anti-jam protection to ensure mission continuity in hostile environments. JPALS will also provide shipboard air traffic controllers with information on the exact location of outfitted unmanned and low-observable aircraft. This will create a hybrid environment, in which both manned and unmanned aircraft can be rapidly marshaled and recovered during flight operations.

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Ground-Based Detect and Avoid

Raytheon’s Ground-Based Detect and Avoid, or GBDAA provides the FAA and the DoD with a cost-effective and safe approach to handle the thousands of UASs that will be flying in our airspace over the next decade. Raytheon’s GBDAA system helps monitor UAS/RPA traffic to minimize exposure to other air traffic and enable both manned and unmanned aircraft to travel the most direct route without hazard or interruption. The system properly notifies controllers and pilots of intrusions and accurately shows aircraft altitude, which is important in keeping commercial aircraft, UASs and other hazards safely separated.