ARINC Incorporated and Lockheed Martin are to submit a joint bid for the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guards outdated equipment to be replaced with 19 Deployable Radar Approach Control (D-RAPCON) systems. The new transportable air traffic control radar system will enable military units to quickly establish tactical military or disaster relief airfield operations around the world, and the value of the contract is anticipated to be more than $400 million.
Ten systems will go to the Air National Guard, 7 will go to active-duty Air Force Space Command units, and 1 each will go to the U.S. Air Force’s air traffic control school and depot. The D-RAPCON ATC systems can be quickly deployed by C-130 aircraft and provide both terminal and en route air traffic control capability.
ARINC’s integration of common COTS equipment provides the benefit of recent technological innovation and offers greater availability of trained operator and maintenance personnel, improved logistical support, faster operator assimilation, and reduced integration time. They will design, manufacture, integrate, and provide thru-life support for the air traffic control operations subsystem using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) equipment.
Monty Montero, Vice President, ARINC Defense Systems Engineering and Support said "ARINC excels in the delivery of robust communications solutions, underpinned by the right combination of people, processes, and technology. We look forward to applying our expertise to help the U.S. Air Force replace its aging and hard-to-maintain air traffic control systems"