Thu, Feb 06, 2003
awarded contracts to ITT Industries, Inc., Ft. Wayne (IN), and
Harris Corporation, Melbourne (FL), valued at $16 and $21 million,
respectively, over a 20-month period for the initial phase of
NEXCOM, the Next Generation Air/Ground Communications System.
NEXCOM will integrate data link with digital voice, make more
efficient use of the available frequency spectrum, and support
continued industry growth by accommodating additional air traffic
control sectors and new runways. The existing air/ground
communications system has been used for air traffic control for
more than 50 years.
Analyses by the International Civil Aviation Organization
(ICAO), RTCA, and the FAA have determined that a shortage of
frequency spectrum will limit growth in aviation in about seven
years. This initial phase of the program further develops a digital
solution to the spectrum depletion problem.
Harris and ITT will produce a package that includes the
architecture, equipment specifications, and supporting technical
documents. They also will develop engineering design models of
NEXCOM ground network systems and use them to demonstrate a
specified set of NEXCOM capabilities.
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