Raytheon Intelligence & Space recently won a competitive FAA Indefinite Delivery and Indefinite Quantity contract with a cap value of $375 million over the next 10 years.
Task orders, valued at $215 million, were executed upon contract award to provide Dual Frequency (DFO) technical and operational upgrades of the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) of the FAA, a space-based precision navigation system, which will improve the safety of air travel in support of the national airspace system.
Under the WAAS contract, the Raytheon subsidiary will provide more modern processing, system security and network architecture, while adding dual-frequency service.
“There is no margin for error when taking off, flying or landing,” said Denis Donohue, President, Surveillance & Network Systems at RI&S. “Our WAAS modernization effort will improve the robustness of the system during ionospheric events and ensure that life safety requirements will continue to be met.”
WAAS is a satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS), which provides GPS corrections for critical navigation for the aviation community, first responders and other government agencies, ensuring pilots can land safely in austere environments , despite the weather challenges. It also provides corrections for SBAS-enabled receivers used in a diverse set of communities, including agriculture, marine, and surveying, among others.
Raytheon Technologies has been the prime contractor for WAAS development since 1996. Since reaching Initial Operational Capability in 2003, Raytheon and the FAA have developed and fielded dozens of enhancements expanding the approach capability of accuracy, coverage area and reliability of WAAS, including improvements to the system infrastructure in preparation for Dual-Frequency service. The WAAS Dual Frequency service will increase system accuracy, integrity and availability when subjected to ionospheric disturbances, including solar storms.
Labor for this effort is based in Fullerton, California.