US: Harris Corp. has joined a team led by Boeing Co. to provide mission analysis and systems engineering services under an Indefinite Quantity/Indefinite Delivery (IDIQ) contract to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Three teams were selected to participate in the IDIQ contract, which has an approximate value to all participants of USD seven billion — the largest award in the FAA’s history, Harris said.
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). The initial term is for five years, with two options that could extend the contract for 36 and 24 months, respectively.
John O’Sullivan, vice president, Harris Mission Critical Networks, said “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. 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 programmes, 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.