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FAA Commissions STARS at the New Boston Consolidated TRACON

    MARLBORO, Mass., May 14  /PRNewswire/ -- The Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) has commissioned the Standard Terminal Automation
Replacement System (STARS) for Logan International Airport in Boston and
Manchester Airport in New Hampshire.

    The commissioning ceremony was held in conjunction with the dedication of
the FAA's new Boston Consolidated Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON), a
63,000-square feet facility located in Merrimack, N.H.  Two other sites in New
England, Hartford-Bradley and Providence, have commissioned STARS into

    The new Boston Consolidated TRACON is the principal gateway for New
England airspace. The TRACON facility has 19 controller and nine coordination
positions that use STARS. The combined airspace for this facility extends from
the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, south to the Rhode Island border, east to
Cape Cod, and west to central Massachusetts.  The consolidation of the Boston
and Manchester TRACONs enhances coordination procedures and improves the
effective use of airspace throughout the area.

    "The commissioning at the new Boston consolidated TRACON further confirms
that STARS is the future of terminal air traffic control for the FAA," said
Bob Eckel, vice president of Raytheon Air Traffic Management Systems.  "We
congratulate the FAA and the New England Region on this achievement and look
forward to continuing our successful partnership with the FAA, National Air
Traffic Controllers Association and Professional Airways Systems Specialists
as we proceed down the site deployment waterfall."

    STARS is a joint procurement for the FAA and Department of Defense (DoD).
Twenty-one FAA and 14 DoD sites are currently controlling air traffic with
STARS, with two recent service commissionings.  These sites are supported with
a national, joint FAA/DoD infrastructure of training, maintenance, testing and

    The STARS system is a highly reliable, open architecture air traffic
automation system that provides new high resolution color displays, new
computer processing and communication equipment, six-level display of weather,
multi-radar tracking and easy and rapid incorporation of new hardware and
software features.

    Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2003 sales of $18.1 billion, is an
industry leader in defence and government electronics, space, information
technology, technical services, and business and special mission aircraft.
With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 78,000 people worldwide.

   Janet Kopec

SOURCE: Raytheon Company

Web site:  http://www.raytheon.com/

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