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Raytheon Improving Aviation Infrastructure in the Middle East

By David Ray Published November 2017


Washington, DC. Raytheon is working in partnership with Middle Eastern transportation authorities to enhance the aviation ecosystem – both digitally and physically. Today, Raytheon helps manage 60 percent of the world’s air traffic, including providing automation systems at the Dubai International Airport and en-route radars in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Raytheon’s objective in the Middle East is to help drive air traffic volume, efficiency and safety by enhancing the existing infrastructure with new, innovative technologies. New air traffic management solutions can help Middle Eastern governments monitor the increased flow of air traffic throughout the region, resulting in a direct increase in safe and secure airspace capacity. The increased traffic volume and resulting revenue opportunities can help fund infrastructure improvement initiatives and contribute to non-oil global domestic product growth.

As we look at the region, one technology that we think will make a real impact is Space Based Augmentation System, or SBAS. This GPS-augmenting capability will help deliver increased airspace access through an integrated, single air traffic control system that uses a proven network of capabilities, including satellite-based augmentation, ground radar, and air-to-ground satellite-based communication.

In addition to enhancing air traffic volume, efficiency and safety, airport security is also critical to the success of the region’s air travel. As an expert in airport physical and digital security, Raytheon can work with local partners to develop and deploy screening, monitoring, and perimeter security. On the digital front, Raytheon is an expert in cyber security solutions for critical infrastructure, such as aviation.

Raytheon is also working with Middle Eastern countries to train personnel in the areas of cyber defense, baggage screening, security administration, and security vulnerability assessments. The ultimate goal is to enhance safety while also reducing life-cycle costs through automation and improved system performance.

A critical piece to enhancing the aviation infrastructure in the Middle East is establishing local partnerships. Raytheon understands the importance of working with local experts in all areas of air traffic management and security to help bring next-generation capabilities that will benefit the entire region.

The author is Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services.




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