General Dynamics wins ATC radio award
General Dynamics C4 Systems has announced that it has received a contract from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to deliver radios that allow air traffic control personnel to communicate with commercial and military aircraft throughout the National Airspace System (NAS). According to the company, the radios feature built-in flexibility to provide high-quality, dependable ground-to-air communications in increasingly crowded airspace.
The 10-year, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract has a potential value of $363 million if all options are exercised. General Dynamics received a $6 million initial award to qualify and certify the radios for operation in the NAS.
The contract is part of the FAA's Next Generation Air-Ground Communications (NEXCOM) Segment 2 programme which includes replacing outmoded air traffic control (ATC) air-to-ground radios with radios using the latest in communications technology. The software-defined CM300/350 VHF and UHF air traffic control radios will provide Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) capabilities along with improved ground-to-air communications performance.
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