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Raytheon has over 50 years of experience in helping the FAA manage the NAS through systems such as the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS), Integrated Terminal Weather System (ITWS), Terminal Doppler Weather Radar (TDWR), Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) and many more.
The US Federal Aviation Administration has acquired 104 SGI Origin 200 Servers from SGI as part of a modernisation programme for the upgrade of the agency's Terminal Doppler Weather Radar systems located at major US airports.
Seven local environmental and user groups have fried suit against the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) over a proposal to build a Terminal Doppler Weather Radar Tower at Gateway National Recreation Area.
Weather systems that will provide data to the ITWS include Terminal Doppler Weather Radar (TDWR), also made by Raytheon; ASR-9 weather channel; Automated Surface Observing Systems (ASOS); Automated Weather Observing Systems (AWOS); Next Generation Weather Radar (NEXRAD); and lightning location and prediction systems.
WindTracer combined with a Terminal Doppler Weather Radar gives the airport a comprehensive picture of wind hazards.
Raytheon's Terminal Doppler Weather Radar (TDWR) for Hong Kong's new Chek Lap Kok airport successfully completed a software factory acceptance test for the Hong Kong specific software.
ITWS achieves this through fusion of data and information from FAA and National Weather Service (NWS) sensors such as the Terminal Doppler Weather Radar (TDWR), the Next Generation Weather Radar (NEXRAD), airport surveillance radar, Low Level Wind Shear Alert System (LLWAS), automated weather and surface observing systems, lightning detection systems, NWS weather models and aircraft via the meteorological data collection and reporting system (MDCRS).
Raytheon is also providing display equipment for the next generation FAA systems, and is currently installing 47 Terminal Doppler Weather Radar systems in major airports and FAA Technical Centers across the United States.