FAA orders General Dynamics radios

April 25, 2012 at 3:01 PM
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 25 (UPI) -- General Dynamics C4 Systems is providing the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration with software-defined radios for air traffic control personnel.

The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the equipment is for 10 years and worth as much as $363 million if all options are exercised. A total of $6 million was given to initially to qualify and certify the CM300 and CM350 units -- with Voice Over Internet capability -- for operation throughout the National Airspace System.

"This contract continues General Dynamics' long-standing ability to deliver highly reliable, technologically advanced air traffic control radios to the FAA," said Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics C4 Systems. "As the nation's airspace gets increasingly crowded, these radios have the built-in flexibility to accommodate the growing demand for high-quality, dependable ground-to-air communications."

Acquisition of the radios is part of the FAA's Next Generation Air-Ground Communications Segment 2 program, which includes the replacement of outmoded air traffic control radios.

General Dynamics first delivered the CM-series UHF and VHF air traffic control radios to the FAA in 1992.

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