WASHINGTON & MELBOURNE, Fla.--()--Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has received an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract award to provide enterprise messaging services that will enable the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to efficiently share mission-critical information across its operations. The award, made under the scope of the existing FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) contract, is valued at $63 million over FTI’s remaining five-year period of performance. The announcement was made during the 57th Annual Air Traffic Control Association Conference and Exposition being held October 1-3 at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center in Washington, DC.
“It empowers the FAA to use the infrastructure as a service, providing the flexibility to order only those services most important to the user community.”
The National Air Space (NAS) Enterprise Messaging Service (NEMS) will serve as a network-centric distribution technology for a variety of data, including flight planning, traffic flow management, surface radar, and weather information.
The NEMS solution provides the Systems Wide Information Management (SWIM) program with a set of services that utilize the Harris-managed FTI and the Harris-designed Data Exchange (DEX) platform – leveraging the agency’s investment in a network that already provides voice, data and video communications for nearly 50,000 FAA employees at 4,300 locations.
“NEMS increases common situational awareness and improves agility within the NAS,” said John O’Sullivan, vice president, Mission Critical Networks, Harris Government Communications Systems. “It empowers the FAA to use the infrastructure as a service, providing the flexibility to order only those services most important to the user community.”
Harris has a long history of developing and integrating system solutions for the FAA in support of the NAS. The company is the prime contractor for the FTI program, which provides the FAA with critical voice, data, and video communications. Harris also supports other mission-critical FAA programs, including:
- The Weather and Radar Processor which provides weather processing dissemination and display capabilities to air traffic controllers in 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 in a managed service model;
- The NAS Voice System, which provides a secure, IP-based voice network for critical communications between air traffic controllers, pilots and ground personnel nationwide; and
- The Alaskan Satellite Telecommunications Infrastructure program, which provides voice and data communications between the Alaskan Air Route Traffic Control Center in Anchorage and 64 regional FAA sites.
About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 125 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5.5 billion of annual revenue and about 15,000 employees – including 6,000 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 harris.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that reflect management's current expectations, assumptions and estimates of future performance and economic conditions. Such statements are made in reliance upon the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The company cautions investors that any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results and future trends to differ materially from those matters expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Statements about the expected value of the program to Harris are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties. Other factors that may impact the company's results and forward-looking statement may be disclosed in the company's filings with the SEC. Harris disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.