MCLEAN, Va., 18 May 2010. Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) won a prime contract from the U.S. Air Force (AF) to deliver deployable tactical air navigation (D-TACAN) systems to the Air Traffic Control and Landing Systems (ATCALS) program office at Tinker Air Force Base (AFB), Okla. The new contract has a three-year period of performance and is valued at more than $24 million. Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif.
The mission of USAF ATCALS is to enhance combat forces by enabling the safe and fast launch and recovery of aircraft throughout the United States and host nations. To accomplish this, ATCALS uses various systems, including D-TACAN systems, which are transportable and used by military aircraft to provide bearing and distance of aircraft to a ground or ship-borne air station.
Under the contract, SAIC will deliver an estimated 19 D-TACAN systems, including transmitting, monitoring, antenna, distribution, status display, and control subsystems, to replace the currently fielded TRN-26 series TACANs. Replacing these units will help the AF achieve increased availability and reliability, and a smaller logistical footprint. SAIC will work with the 558th ATCALS sustainment group at Tinker AFB to deliver the new systems.