Raytheon and Thales ATM have teamed to bid for the US Federal Aviation Administration's Category I local-area augmentation system (LAAS) contract. The companies were competing separately for the contract, which is also being pursued by a Honeywell/Lockheed Martin team. Responses to the FAA's request for proposals have been submitted, and a contract is expected to be awarded next month. The turnkey contract will be for the production and installation of the GPS-based landing systems at six US airports, with an option for 15-40 systems a year over five years. Certification and commissioning of the first systems is scheduled for 2004.

Source: Flight International