FAIRFAX, Va. , March 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Era Systems Corporation, a subsidiary of SRA International, Inc. (NYSE: SRX), announced it has signed a contract to provide a comprehensive height monitoring unit (HMU) to the United Kingdom (UK) air traffic control provider NATS.
Era's HMU solution will allow for a much more comprehensive audit of aircraft in UK airspace than the equipment it replaces, with improved quality of signal processing. HMUs provide precise surveillance measurements in three dimensions and are used to ensure target levels of safety can be delivered in reduced vertical separation minimum (RVSM) airspace by comparing actual altitude to assigned and reported altitude. Era's system will provide continuous monitoring primarily of the NATS North Atlantic traffic and also will support approval for aircraft flying in RVSM airspace.
The system for NATS will use the latest generation of the Era surveillance technology already deployed in Eurocontrol's HMU based in Linz, Austria , which has a very long history of high performance and reliability.
"Having been involved in all of the previous HMU deployments in Europe , I am particularly pleased to be able to work with NATS on the next generation of HMU systems, based on Era's rugged, proven, high performance MSS multilateration platform," said Tim Quilter , Era's UK-based Director of Product Development. "As traffic densities increase, the global requirement for HMU systems is rising and the NATS/Era system will incorporate the experience of both organizations to develop the most advanced HMU system in the world."
"Era's proven MSS surveillance platform, coupled with the knowledge and experience of some of the key Era people, gave NATS a lot of confidence in this selection," said Khalid El Seed , NATS Project Manager. "RVSM compliance in the busy transatlantic routes is a critical safety issue and we look forward to working with Era on this next generation HMU system. The data will be used by the NATS Central Monitoring Agency under its ICAO terms of reference."
The contract for NATS includes the deployment of Era's MSS(SM) Multilateration and ADS-B surveillance system to provide high-precision, three dimensional position information to a sophisticated database and analysis system which can identify altitude deviations and report performance by aircraft, airline or by individual movement. From periodic analysis of individual aircraft compliance data, NATS will be able to monitor airframe performance in its RVSM airspace.
Acquired by SRA in July 2008 , Era Systems Corporation provides advanced surveillance technologies for the air traffic management, airport operations, military and security markets. For more information about Era, visit www.sra.com/era. SRA does not announce sales amounts for individual Era contracts; Era contracts for their air traffic management business typically range in value of
About SRA International, Inc.
SRA and its subsidiaries are dedicated to solving complex problems of global significance for government organizations serving the national security, civil government and global health markets. Founded in 1978, the company and its subsidiaries have expertise in such areas as air surveillance and air traffic management; contract research organization (CRO) services; cybersecurity; disaster response planning; enterprise resource planning; environmental strategies; IT systems, infrastructure and managed services; logistics; public health preparedness; strategic management consulting; systems engineering; and wireless integration.
FORTUNE(R) magazine has chosen SRA as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" for ten consecutive years. The company and its subsidiaries employ more than 6,900 employees serving clients from headquarters in Fairfax, Va. , and offices around the world. For additional information on SRA, please visit www.sra.com.