Harris partners with aviation, communications firms for FAA DataComm contract work

FAA air traffic control
FAA air traffic control

MELBOURNE, Fla., 5 Oct. 2012. Officials at Harris Corp. (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, will lead a team of 13 aviation and communications technology firms under a new Data Communications Integrated Services (DCIS) contract to deliver reliable data communications (DataComm) to the FAA.

Engineers from Harris and its team members will deliver integration and engineering services for the end-to-end DataComm system. It includes the management and delivery of data communications services that leverage commercial air-to-ground digital data link networks to connect FAA ATC sites and data communications-equipped aircraft.

Harris will also establish an outreach initiative to encourage and incentivize aircraft operators to equip their aircraft with DataComm-compatible avionics.

The Harris DCIS team includes aviation and communications firms and advanced labs/facilities: Adfero Group, American Airlines, ARINC, The Brattle Group, CGH, EES, Egis Avia, GE, HCRQ, NATS, Sunhillo, Thales, and Washington Consulting Group.

The seven-year contract includes 10 one-year options, which could extend the duration of the program to 2029.

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