Raytheon Wins $100 Million Contract for Airport Perimeter Security

Company to deliver state-of-the-art perimeter security system to four N.Y.C.-area airports

At its Naval Integration Center in Portsmouth, R.I., the company has developed Project Athena, an integrated maritime defense system that Raytheon is marketing to coastal port authorities. And, last month, the company put in a bid with the Department of Homeland Security to be prime contractor for a $2.5 billion secure border initiative, known as SBInet, to protect the Canadian and Mexican borders from terrorist infiltration. That contract is scheduled to be awarded this fall.

Rival defense and electronics companies, however, are marketing competing technologies to protect airports, seaports, and borders. Lockheed Martin, the largest US military contractor, also is vying for the SBInet contract, while airport authorities have been fielding bids from L3 Communications, SAIC, and ADT Security Services, the prime contractor for the Massachusetts Port Authority.

Dennis Treece, director of corporate security for Massport, said Logan International Airport in Boston is currently installing a $5 million "camera intrusion detection system" that uses infrared cameras and analytic software to track potential threats. Treece said he provided his counterparts at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey with the performance specifications of the system at Logan, which is much smaller than most of the airports in the New York area.

"People complain about Logan being small, but one advantage of being small is it's easier to protect," Treece said.