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Harris communications for FAA

Aug. 28, 2012 at 2:25 PM
MELBOURNE, Fla., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's new air traffic control communications system is to be supplied by the Harris Corp.

Harris said the secure, digital communications network will be provided under a15-year award worth $291 million.

"The Harris VCS21 solution (to be provided) replaces legacy technology with a dynamic, IP-based network that has the flexibility and security to support the FAA's migration to NextGen," said John O'Sullivan, vice president, Mission Critical Networks, Harris Government Communications Systems.

"We combined our substantial research and development with commercial-off-the-shelf technology demonstrated in other demanding applications to ensure the FAA receives a proven solution without associated development costs."

Harris said that under the contract it will integrate voice communications systems at ATC facilities nationwide. The company also will provide remote radio equipment and network integration and management services.

The Harris solution, it said, "will operate as a fully networked voice enterprise," enabling enhanced capabilities for continuity planning, asset sharing and future facilities.

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