US: Sierra Nevada Corporation's (SNC) has been awarded a USD 17 million follow-on Low Rate Initial Production contract by the United States Army to manufacture Mobile Tower Systems (MOTS). The contract includes production of five AN/TSQ-135 MOTS, as well as engineering and sustainment services for the mobile air traffic service system. The company claims that AN/TSQ-135 MOTS is a highly mobile, tactical system designed to rapidly set up and quickly establish air traffic services during the initial phases of deployment. It sustains air traffic services throughout operation and redeployment and includes all necessary secure and non-secure communications radios and support equipment. The equipment is housed in a rugged Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower with organic 36kW power generators and meteorological sensors.
It is believed that MOTS is capable of being airlifted by C-17 aircraft or CH47 helicopter and supports military ATC operations world-wide by networking with other Air Traffic Service and Battle Command systems. The MOTS complies with Federal Aviation Administration/International Civilian Aviation Organisation regulations, and is also equally adept in supporting civilian applications, including disaster relief efforts, forest fire mobile operations, and temporary tower operations. Due to its minimal logistical requirements, the new AN/MSQ-135 MOTS provides ATC capability anywhere in the world. It replaces the Army’s aging AN/TSW-7A air traffic control tower.
Source: SN Corp