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FAA AWARDS CONTRACT FOR NEW AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM

FAA AWARDS CONTRACT FOR NEW AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM
 WASHINGTON, Dec. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today awarded a 15-year, $1.663 billion contract to the Harris Corp. (NYSE: HRS) of Melbourne, Fla., for a sophisticated radio and telephone voice switching system to replace the aging leased communication systems currently in use in the air traffic system. The FAA expects to spend $97 million of the contract in fiscal year 1992.
 The Voice Switching and Control System (VSCS), a major component in the FAA's air traffic control modernization program, will provide a computer-controlled voice system for communications among air traffic controllers and between controllers and flight crews.
 The contract permits the ordering of 25 systems over a four-year period, with the option of ordering an additional 24 follow-on systems. Also included are maintenance, training and installation services over a 14-year period.
 The new system will significantly improve communications with a system that is flexible, expandable and highly reliable. The VSCS will be installed at the agency's Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City, the 22 Air Route Traffic Control Centers which control aircraft when they are flying between cities, and at the New York terminal radar approach control facility.
 The contract award is a result of prototype development contracts awarded in 1986 to two competing contractors, AT&T Technologies, Inc., of Greensboro, N.C., and the Government Communications Systems Division of the Harris Corp.
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 /CONTACT: J. Sloane of the U.S. Department of Transportation, 202-267-8521/
 (HRS) CO: U.S. Department of Transportation; Federal Aviation
 Administration; Harris Corp. ST: District of Columbia IN: AIR SU: CON


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