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FAA SELECTS HARRIS FOR $140 MILLION SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK FOR ALASKAN REGION

 WASHINGTON, D.C./MELBOURNE, Fla., July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) for a $140 million program to help modernize the Alaskan air traffic control system.
 Harris' Air Traffic Control Systems Division, Melbourne, Fla., was awarded the 10-year Alaskan National Airspace System Interfacility Communications System (ANICS) program to integrate a satellite communications network that will link the area's Air Route Traffic Control Centers with remote FAA facilities throughout the region.
 ANICS is the first major satellite communications-based air traffic control program under the FAA's Capital Investment Plan -- which is designed to automate and modernize the nation's air traffic control system.
 The satellite earth-station network will provide both voice and data communications to 53 sites in the region initially, and may eventually connect more than 160 sites.
 Under the contract, Harris will lead a team to engineer, install, test, operate, and maintain the satellite communications network, utilizing Harris' Air Traffic Network Manager. Other team members on the project include Alascom Inc., and New Horizons Telecom, Inc., both headquartered in Alaska.
 Most of the program work will be performed at field offices established in Anchorage and Palmer, Alaska.
 "The Alaskan region has unique air traffic control requirements because of its geographical location, remote environments, and various types of air traffic," explained Dave Halley, vice president-general manager, Harris Air Traffic Control Systems Division.
 Harris is playing a critical role in helping the FAA design, develop, install, and maintain advanced electronic systems to ensure continued passenger safety and increase air transport efficiency. The company has been awarded five other projects in the FAA's National Airspace System plan, including the $1.7 billion Voice Switching and Control System, the Meteorologist Weather Processor, the Weather Message Switching Center Replacement, the National Airspace Data Interchange Network and the Terminal Doppler Weather Radar System.
 Harris' Air Traffic Control Systems Division is part of Harris' Electronic Systems Sector, which conducts advanced research studies, develops prototypes, and produces a broad range of state-of-the-art systems for government agencies and commercial organizations worldwide.
 Harris Corporation, with worldwide sales of more than $3 billion, is focused on four major businesses: electronic systems, communications, semiconductors, and Lanier Worldwide office equipment.
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