Raytheon Intelligence & Space, a Raytheon Technologies business, has been awarded an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract from the Federal Aviation Administration with a value of $375 million over the next 10 years.
The task orders, valued at $215 million, were executed at contract award to provide technical refresh and Dual Frequency Operation upgrades to FAA’s Wide-Area Augmentation System. WAAS is a space-based precision navigation system that will enhance safer air travel to support the National Airspace System.
Under the WAAS DFO-2 contract, Raytheon Intelligence & Space will deliver more sustainability, system security, processing and network architecture, while also adding dual frequency service.
“There is no margin for error during take-off, flight or landing,” said Denis Donohue, president of the business’ Surveillance & Network Systems. “Our modernization effort for WAAS will improve system robustness during ionospheric events and ensure safety-of-life requirements continue to be met.”
WAAS is a satellite-based augmentation system, which provides GPS corrections for critical navigation for the aviation community, first responders and other government agencies, so pilots can land safely in austere environments.
It also provides corrections for satellite-based augmentation system-capable receivers in use across a diverse set of communities, including agriculture, maritime and surveyance, among others.
Raytheon Technologies has been the prime development contractor for WAAS since 1996. Since reaching initial operational capability in 2003, Raytheon Technologies and FAA have developed and fielded dozens of enhancements expanding WAAS’s capabilities.