Martin has won a $125 million FAA contract to provide a replacement system for
the main communications gateway the agency uses to distribute radar from radar
sites to its en route air traffic control centers.
the contract Lockheed Martin will develop and field the en route communications
gateway (ECG) system to replace the peripheral adapter module replacement item
(PAMRI) system it now uses to process radar data for the air route traffic
control centers (ARTCCs) that control en route traffic in the USA.
FAA says the ECG system will increase safety margins by reducing ARTCC radar
feed outages and will be easier to maintain than the dated PAMRI system. The
FAA introduced PAMRI a decade ago as an interim replacement for a 1960s system
and has now been running for far longer than the agency originally planned.
plans to install ECG system equipment at all 21 ARTCCs in the continental USA
and Alaska, as well as at the FAA Academy In Oklahoma City and the FAA
technical Center in Atlantic City.
ARTCC will be the first en route center to receive the ECG system, with
installation planned for the summer of 2003. Completion of installation at all
sites is scheduled for mid-2005.
present PAMRI serves as a critical primary component of the US air traffic
control system, serving as the sole gateway for data from radar sites to the en
route centers, the sole interface for exchange among the ARTCCs of flight plan
data from external sources, and a primary means of transferring data among
systems within the centers.
however, will consolidate other gateways along with the PAMRI functions into a
single communications domain, allowing all US airspace system domains to
communicate seamlessly and securely.
new system will contain some functions of older systems and will also provide
the US foundation for new air traffic management communications and
radar/surveillance sources such as automatic dependent surveillance broadcast
will also support external interfaces as they are introduced, using
non-proprietary, commercial off-the-shelf products wherever possible.
FAA says the decision to replace PAMRI was driven by a clear requirement on the
part of its Air Traffic Services organization for increased amounts of radar
sensor data at each en route center, along with the capability to receive data
from a wider range of radar sensor types.