LOCKHEED MARTIN AND TRANSTECH INSTALL RUNWAY SURVEILLANCE TECHNOLOGY FOR FAA EVALUATION
ROCKVILLE, MD, 03/09/2005 --
In response to the Federal Aviation Administration’s effort to find a low-cost solution to preventing runway incursions, Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and Transtech Control Ltd. recently turned over to the FAA the Critical Area Management System (CAMS) for evaluation at Spokane International Airport.
During this cooperative program with the FAA, the Lockheed Martin team delivered and installed, and will now maintain, the CAMS solution for system evaluation. Lockheed Martin was selected to participate in the evaluation following the FAA’s market survey for the Low Cost Surface Surveillance (LCSS) program. For the next six to 12 months, the FAA will evaluate the system in Spokane to assess its capabilities for helping prevent runway incursions at small to medium airports.
With an adaptable design to allow for coverage of specific “hot spots,” individual runways, or entire airports, CAMS will provide users with targeted decision support and situational awareness. The system is composed of a distributed network of short-range, high-resolution radars installed on the ground adjacent to a runway along with a corresponding computer system. The system integrates multiple radar returns into a comprehensive, real-time visual picture of the runway and taxiway area, which is then displayed to users on a computer screen. CAMS allows users to better visualize locations and movements of aircraft and vehicles on runways and taxiways, thus enhancing safety during low visibility, adverse weather, and nighttime conditions. Transtech’s CAMS solution is currently in operation at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel.
“Lockheed Martin is pleased to offer the FAA an internationally proven solution for precise surveillance at an affordable cost,” said Sue Corcoran, vice president of aviation solutions for Lockheed Martin Transportation and Security Solutions. “We look forward to working with the FAA to demonstrate a low-cost approach to making our runways safer for the traveling public.”
Transtech Control Ltd. is headquartered in Herzlia, Israel, with a subsidiary in Windsor, CT. The company provides control systems, leading edge surveillance products, optical identification sensors, millimeter wave sensors, data fusion and airport surface movement guidance and control systems (SMGCS/ A-SMGCS). Transtech systems are currently in operation in over 120 airports world-wide.