Raytheon teams with AirDat and Metron on NextGen weather

Raytheon has teamed with AirDat and Metron Aviation to provide a low-risk, cost effective and innovative approach for the Federal Aviation Administration´s (FAA) Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) weather programmes.
The partnership will help the FAA meet its airspace modernization efforts through better weather information that is assimilated into weather processing systems throughout the National Airspace System (NAS). Weather is the primary cause of air travel delays.
The Raytheon team will address two major FAA programs: NextGen Network Enabled Weather (NNEW) and NextGen Weather Processor (NWP). The combined forces of Raytheon, AirDat LLC and Metron Aviation will provide more accurate and consistent weather models, offering common benefits to stakeholders for tactical operations and strategic planning.
“Raytheon´s teaming agreement with AirDat and Metron Aviation positions us to provide the NextGen weather solution set today through innovative and proven technologies that deliver weather benefits to NAS stakeholders and align with the FAA´s NextGen weather vision,” said Mike Prout, vice president for Raytheon Network Centric Systems´ Security and Transportation Systems.
The Raytheon team will leverage FAA Automation Systems and Decision Support Tools and take full advantage of integration into the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration´s (NOAA) 4 Dimensional Weather Cube, providing common benefits to weather stakeholders. Accelerating NextGen weather benefits now will help stakeholders improve operational efficiency early and ultimately save money.
“Collectively, we have proven expertise across the entire NNEW and NWP requirements,” said Prout. “We have the ability to deliver advanced weather forecasts and information, and the operational understanding to realize the NextGen benefits through integration into the ground automation systems and decision support tools.”
Raytheon has over 50 years of experience in helping the FAA manage the NAS through systems such as the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS), Integrated Terminal Weather System (ITWS), Terminal Doppler Weather Radar (TDWR), Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) and many more.