Raytheon to bid for GAGAN final phase

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Mumbai, July 16 (UNI) The 23 billion dollar US technology major Raytheon Company is leading a team to deliver a comprehensive solution for the Indian Space Research Organisation and Airports Authority of India global navigation satellite systems.

This will complete the final phase of the Global Positioning Satellite-Aided Geosynchronous Augmented Navigation System, or GAGAN, Raytheon said in a release here today.

GAGAN, a satellite-based navigation for civil aviation across South and East Asia, aimed to provide India with the most accurate, flexible and efficient air navigation system deployed.

''We look forward to continuing our collaborative relationship with ISRO and AAI during this critical phase of GAGAN,'' said Andy Zogg, Raytheon vice president of Airspace Management and Homeland Security in the release, adding that the Company was committed to a thorough transfer of knowledge of the GAGAN system to further enhance India's leadership position in air navigation.

The Raytheon team will leverage the experience it gained during the past several years in deploying the technology demonstration system phase of GAGAN.

The GAGAN design was based on the experience gained by delivering the only certified space-based augmentation systems. For instance, the Wide Area Augmentation System was certified by the Federal Aviation Administration in July 2003, and the MTSAT Satellite Augmentation System was certified by the Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau in September 2007.

Team members included Accord Software and Systems Pvt Ltd of Bangalore, India, for GPS-based user receiver prototype development optimized for the equatorial region, Elcome Technologies Pvt Ltd of Gurgaon, India, for logistical and on-site support and Naverus, Inc of Kent, Washington, for performance-based navigation route design, procedure flight validation and other related services.

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