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Next Generation Air Traffic Management System on Display

CANBERRA  – 23 March 2010:  Raytheon has demonstrated its AutoTrac III Next Generation Air Traffic Management System to the company’s customer community at Raytheon Australia’s  corporate headquarters in Canberra.

The system is a potential candidate for AIR 5431, the Australia Defence Air Traffic System (ADATS) replacement program as well a potential replacement for The Australian Advanced Air Traffic System (TAATS), which is operated by Air Services Australia.  

The company has a strong pedigree in air traffic management as a supplier of air traffic management equipment including primary and secondary radars, automation and space based augmentation systems.   Raytheon supplies the current ADATS system and Raytheon Australia manages the long term support contract for the system, which has exceeded operational availability targets throughout the duration of the support contract.

Over the course of three days of demonstrations, Raytheon Australia hosted capability development officials, RAAF air traffic controllers, contract managers, Civil Aviation Safety Authority representatives as well as civil and military co-ordinators.  

Raytheon Australia’s Managing Director, Michael Ward said, “the demonstration shows the potential of Raytheon’s latest Air Traffic Management systems to satisfy the needs of both the civil and military air traffic management community."   “This is an impressive capability that is focused on the likely future demands placed on the system in terms of technological and regulatory changes."

Raytheon’s AutoTrac III ATM System features a new generation of flight and surveillance data processing systems to ensure the safe and efficient management of air traffic.  The system’s modern high performance open architecture design is fully adaptable and scalable to fit any air traffic management environment from simple tower automation to a fully integrated multi-centre system.  

Mr. Ward said, “This capability positions Raytheon to play an important partnership role to address the future civil and military needs of Australia’s air traffic control infrastructure.”


Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2009 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 88 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 75,000 people worldwide.

Gerry Wheeler
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