Lockheed Martin's Automated Radar Terminal System (Arts) Color Display Completes FAA Acceptance One Month Early
ROCKVILLE, MD, 03/23/2000 -- Lockheed Martin announced today that the new ARTS Color Display (ACD) for terminal air traffic control completed FAA acceptance one month ahead of schedule, bringing it closer to the first operational deployment at the New York Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) this summer. During rigorous testing at the FAA's William J. Hughes Technical Center, the ACD demonstrated compliance with all requirements in both the ARTS IIIE and ARTS IIIA configurations. The ACD program now moves into the Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) phase at the New York TRACON where it will be teamed with Lockheed Martin's state-of-the-art ARTS IIIE terminal automation system. OT&E is the FAA's test of operational readiness prior to deployment.
Commenting on the FAA's acceptance, Don Antonucci, president of Lockheed Martin Air Traffic Management, said, During formal testing, the ACD was put through its paces. It performed as advertised and its speed and capabilities are truly outstanding, demonstrating the unmatched capabilities of the ACD and ARTS IIIE systems. The introduction of color provides controllers with significant improvement of recognition of weather, track data, and most importantly, safety alerts. We at Lockheed Martin take particular pride in successfully meeting our commitments to the FAA in less than 10 months and completing acceptance one month ahead of schedule.
The ACD is a state-of-the-art air traffic control workstation incorporating commercial, open-systems technology. Under a $36.9 million contract awarded in May 1999, Lockheed Martin is upgrading 10-15 year old monochrome display technology at the FAA's highest density TRACONs with the ACD units. Upon successful completion of the OT&E, the new workstations, which include Motorola processors, Barco Chromatics graphics controllers and Sony 20x20 high resolution color monitors, are scheduled to be operational at New York, Washington National, and Dallas/Fort Worth this summer and at the new Atlanta TRACON when it is commissioned later this year.
In related news, Lockheed Martin also announced that the FAA has exercised a $3.3 million option to procure an additional 43 ACD workstations for the new Potomac Consolidated TRACON.
The first operational site to receive the ACD workstations, the New York TRACON and its ARTS IIIE system services one of the most complex airspaces in the world, with 56 operational displays, 5 sensors, and an average of 6,500 flights a day. Air traffic control is divided among five areas of operation, with three major airports, LaGuardia, Kennedy, and Newark, within 17 miles of each other. The airspace encompasses portions of four states - New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania - as well as the Atlantic Ocean.
A leader in airspace management solutions, Lockheed Martin Air Traffic Management customers include the FAA and international civil aviation authorities in the United Kingdom, Germany, Korea and the People's Republic of China. Lockheed Martin Air Traffic Management employs approximately 1,300 people at major facilities in Rockville, Maryland, Atlantic City, New Jersey, Eagan, Minnesota, and Southampton, England, and is a unit of Lockheed Martin Corporation.