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FAA AWARDS CONTRACTS FOR ADVANCED MICROWAVE LANDING SYSTEM

 FAA AWARDS CONTRACTS FOR ADVANCED MICROWAVE LANDING SYSTEM
 WASHINGTON, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today awarded two contracts totaling $148 million, including options, for the design and development of advanced versions of the Microwave Landing System (MLS), a highly precise guidance system that will make air travel more reliable and convenient.
 A contract for $78.2 million was awarded to the Wilcox Corp. of Kansas City, Mo., and a $69.8 million contract was awarded to Raytheon Corp., of Marlboro, Mass. Under the contracts, each company is to produce six test systems apiece. The first systems will be delivered for testing in 46 months.
 Secretary of Transportation Andrew H. Card Jr. said: "The MLS will have a significant effect on the FAA's ability to handle air traffic. When the new system has been implemented, it will improve air traffic flows and enhance the capacity of the national airspace system. The MLS will provide greater efficiency and flexibility and offer pilots a broad range of paths to the runway, instead of the one path the existing system provides."
 The new systems will be designed to enable aircraft to land in lower visibility conditions than can be handled by existing MLS units. Compared to existing systems, the MLS will mean fewer flights delayed or canceled because of bad weather. The two contractors will be considered in the award of production contracts for the systems, along with other bidders.
 Both contractors will independently design and build systems for two types of bad weather conditions. One is for ceilings of 100 feet and visibility of 1,200 feet while the other is for ceilings of less than 100 feet and down to 700 feet of visibility.
 The MLS is scheduled to replace the existing Instrument Landing System (ILS) worldwide over the next 20 years. The ILS has been in use for over 40 years, and although still highly reliable, it is not designed for tomorrow's needs.
 The MLS provides a common system for civil/military use; a frequency band free of congestion; a high quality guidance signal less susceptible to terrain and structure effects; and multiple approach paths for various classes of aircraft.
 Contract options allow the FAA to add training, 12 additional MLS units, software support items and other logistics support items as needed.
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 /CONTACT: J. Sloane of the Federal Aviation Administration, 202-267-8521/ CO: Federal Aviation Administration; U.S. Department of
 Transportation; Wilcox Corporation; Raytheon Corporation ST: District of Columbia IN: AIR SU: CON EXE


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