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AIR TRAFFIC COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM CONTRACT AWARDED BY FAA

 AIR TRAFFIC COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM CONTRACT AWARDED BY FAA
 WASHINGTON, March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced today the award of an estimated $558 million contract to MCI Telecommunications Corp. of McLean, Va., to provide more reliable communications among air traffic control facilities and between controllers and pilots.
 The new Leased Interfacility National Airspace Communications System (LINCS) will replace and improve upon a vast existing telephone network used by the FAA to interconnect its thousands of facilities nationwide.
 "The award of this contract is an important step in the continuing modernization of our air traffic control and navigation systems," Acting FAA Administrator Barry Lambert Harris said. "The result will be increased reliability and capacity."
 With the exercise of all options, LINCS will provide the FAA with leased communications for the next 10 years.
 Air traffic controller-to-pilot communications, radar information, and critical computer data will all flow through the LINCS network.
 The firm fixed-price requirements contract was awarded on behalf of the FAA by the Defense Commercial Communications Office (DECCO).
 The acquisition process began when a total of 95 companies were provided copies of the solicitation, and ended with an intense competition among three national telecommunications firms.
 Among the benefits expected are much better reliability, improved management capabilities and greater cost-effectiveness. Installation is scheduled to begin this summer and be completed over the next three years.
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 /CONTACT: Fred Farrar of the Federal Aviation Administration, 202-267-8521/ CO: Federal Aviation Administration ST: District of Columbia IN: AIR SU: CON


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