The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has chosen Saab Sensis Corporation to implement the Airport Surface Surveillance Capability (ASSC) programme at nine US airports.
The programme will improve safety at the airports by providing warnings of potential runway incursions, and it could potentially be expanded to other airports.
The FAA has incrementally funded $5 million of the $54 million five year contract with Saab. Options for deliveries beyond this five year period are valued at $65 million, taking the total contract value to $119 million.
"Each ASSC deployment will incorporate Saab Sensis multilateration, safety logic conflict detection and alerting software, air traffic controller working positions, and recording/playback functionality," said Saab.
The programme will process Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) data along with other sensor sources for a single view of airport runways and taxiways, it added.
The nine US airports to receive the programme are: Ted Stevens Anchorage International airport (Alaska), Andrews Air Force Base (Maryland), Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (Kentucky), Cleveland Hopkins Airport (Ohio), Kansas City International airport (Missouri), Louis Armstrong New Orleans International airport (Louisiana), Pittsburgh International airport (Pennsylvania), Portland International airport (Oregon), and San Francisco International airport (California).
Saab Sensis has already deployed the FAA's primary runway situational awareness system, Airport Surface Detection Equipment, Model X (ASDE-X), at 35 US airports. It is also the main contractor for the FAA's runway warning system, the Runway Status Lights programme, with 23 airports on its contract.