Harris Corporation Selected to Participate in IDIQ Contract for FAA's NextGen Systems Engineering Program

SE-2020 Program Will Help FAA Transform the U.S. Air Transportation System

Jun 07, 2010, 08:00 ET from Harris Corporation

WASHINGTON, June 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), as a member of The Boeing Company team, has been selected to provide the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with mission analysis and systems engineering services under an Indefinite Quantity/Indefinite Delivery (IDIQ) contract.  Three teams were selected to participate in the IDIQ contract, which has an approximate value to all participants of $7 billion – the largest award in the FAA's history.

The 10-year Systems Engineering 2020 (SE-2020) contract consists of up to six separate contracts for research-and-development and systems engineering services designed to support the National Airspace System's transformation to the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).  NextGen is a wide-ranging transformation of the entire U.S. air transport system to meet future demands and avoid gridlock in the sky and at airports.

The task-order driven contract does not specify purchase dates or quantities of services or equipment from any particular supplier.  The initial term is for five years, with two options that could extend the contract for 36 and 24 months, respectively.

"Harris is committed to supporting the FAA in its goal to bring greater efficiencies to the nation's airspace system and achieve early NextGen success through SE-2020," said John O'Sullivan, vice president, Harris Mission Critical Networks.  "The Boeing team members are applying their unique core competencies to the different functional requirements of the SE-2020 contract."

Harris has a long history of developing and integrating system solutions for the FAA and the global air traffic control network.  In addition to its work as prime contractor and system architect for the FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) network, Harris has developed other FAA programs, including:

  • The Weather And Radar Processor (WARP), a weather system serving the en-route air traffic control environment;
  • OASIS, which provides integrated weather briefing and flight planning capabilities for preflight weather briefings and in-flight updates;
  • The Voice Switching and Control System (VSCS), which provides the critical air-to-ground communication links between en-route aircraft and air traffic controllers throughout the continental United States;
  • The satellite-based Alaskan National Airspace System (NAS) Interfacility Communications System.

About Harris Corporation

Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets worldwide.  Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and more than 15,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists.  Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services.  Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com

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