AMSTERDAM, 7 March 2012. Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) has introduced its Mobile Air Traffic Control (MATC) system, designed to deliver critical air traffic services in the face of damaged or nonexistent infrastructure, during the ATC Global Exhibition and Conference in Amsterdam. MATC operates during emergencies, when security is needed, and to meet the needs of a temporary airfield. The system includes primary and secondary air traffic control (ATC) radars with a quick set-up, deployable radar antenna and secure, networked data communications.
MATC also boasts three shelters to transport and house the radar, communications, and operations equipment, all of which can be moved anywhere in the world by land, sea, or air. The system can be up and running within hours with the help of few people, limiting flight disruptions. The interoperable system, which meets U.S. and international regulations, supports civil and military ATC operations and communicates with other air traffic services and battle command systems.
Raytheon engineers have developed a low-risk, interoperable solution with fielded and proven subsystems, including the Digital Airport Surveillance Radar (DASR)/ASR-11, the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS), and Raytheon's AutoTrac III, an integrated surveillance and flight data processing system. Raytheon is in full-rate production of these systems.
"I have been in disaster situations where existing ATC has been destroyed and have seen firsthand the human toll caused by delays in aid being delivered quickly," says Stephen DuMont, director of International Air Traffic Management for Raytheon's Network Centric Systems business. "It is vital to the humanitarian effort to have effective ATC in place to enable urgent deliveries by air, and that is why we developed a rapidly deployable MATC system."