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Harris Corporation Awarded $85 Million Contract By FAA for Alaskan Satellite Telecommunications Infrastructure





July 25, 2011

Harris Corporation will continue to shape Alaska's air transportation system as part of a 10-year, $85 million contract awarded to the company by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  The contract has a five-year base, with five one-year options.


As the prime contractor for the Alaskan Satellite Telecommunications Infrastructure (ASTI) program, Harris will replace and upgrade the existing satellite communications network that links the Alaskan Air Route Traffic Control Center in Anchorage with 64 FAA facilities throughout the region, including 59 remote sites, three flight service stations (FSSs), and a test and training facility (TTF).


The ASTI program will provide increased network performance and availability while reducing the FAA's cost of operating and maintaining the current Alaskan National Airspace System Interfacility Communication System (ANICS).  This infrastructure provides Alaska with 90 percent of its inter-facility communications for critical, essential and routine air traffic control services supporting commercial aviation.  


Under the ASTI program, Harris will replace and upgrade ANICS system components that have become obsolete or have been affected by the harsh Alaskan weather, as well as provide a new network management system, system security enhancements, logistics support and training.


"The ASTI program builds on Harris' communication networks and Air Traffic Control systems expertise with the FAA and the Alaskan aviation community", said John O'Sullivan, vice president, Harris Mission Critical Networks.  "We operate the FAA's nationwide telecommunications network and were the original supplier of their ANICS network. We know the vital importance of communications to the FAA's mission and the trust the FAA puts in us to ensure that new technology is transitioned in a manner that does not impact Alaskan air traffic operations."  


Harris teammates on the ASTI program include General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies, General DataComm, Comtech EF Data Corporation, DHL Logistics and Rockwell Collins Satellite Communications Services.


Harris has extensive experience developing solutions for the FAA.  In addition to ASTI, and ANICS, Harris also is the prime contractor for the FAA's Operational and Supportability Implementation System (OASIS), which provides integrated weather briefing and flight planning capabilities for preflight weather briefings and in-flight updates for Alaska's general aviation community.  Other FAA programs developed by Harris include the FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) and the Weather and Radar Processor (WARP), a weather system serving the en-route air traffic control environment; and the Voice Switching and Control System (VSCS), which provides critical air-to-ground communications links between en-route aircraft and air traffic controllers throughout the continental United States.