Raytheon Wins Contract For NextGen Past 2018

James E. Swickard james_swickard@aviationweek.com

Raytheon has been awarded a $2.3 million contract by the NextGen Institute to lead a team including Rockwell Collins, ARINC, Aviation Management Associates and Thales to study the NextGen Integrated Communications, Navigation and Surveillance architecture and determine the national airspace system's needs for 2018 to 2025.

The NextGen Institute is a venture between the National Center for Advanced Technologies and the FAA. The Institute is chartered to provide private sector expertise, tools and facilities to the Joint Planning and Development Office as it manages NextGen implementation.

The seven-month study will analyze ICNS interfaces with flight planning systems, as well as aircraft capabilities, avionics functions and FAA automation systems.

"The next generation of airspace management must support a broad array of capabilities - from classic aircraft with minimal automation to highly integrated, multi-sensor aircraft, including unmanned aerial systems," said Andy Zogg, Raytheon vice president for Command and Control Systems. "Our study will identify the alternative CNS architecture needed to meet growing capacity while providing the efficiencies necessary to ensure safe operations."

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