Harris wins air transport telecommunications contract

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded information technology company Harris a 10-year, $85m (£52.2m) contract to help shape Alaska’s air transportation system.

As the prime contractor for the Alaskan Satellite Telecommunications Infrastructure (ASTI) programme, 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 programme is targeted to 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, which Harris will replace and upgrade, provides Alaska with 90 per cent of its inter-facility communications for critical, essential and routine air-traffic control services supporting commercial aviation.