ITT Wins FAA’s Air Traffic Modernization Contract
[8-30-07 – Satellite News Today] ITT Corp. was awarded a contract by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to lead a team to develop and deploy the Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast (ADS-B) system, the company announced Aug. 30.
The satellite-based program will replace the current system of ground-based radars and is a key component of the FAA’s NextGen program, which is intended to increase safety and efficiency of the U.S. air transportation system.
Under the contract, which carries a value of $207 million for an initial three years of performance, ITT will be responsible for overall system integration and engineering. ITT and its team will deploy a nationwide air traffic control surveillance network consisting of field radio sites, data processing centers, network operations centers and equipment to enable delivery of GPS-enhanced surveillance data to air traffic control facilities. The system is scheduled to be commissioned by 2010 and fully deployed by 2013.
The contract includes options for operation and maintenance of the system through September 2025. If all options are exercised, the contract could be worth $1.9 billion.
ITT won the contract in a competition with Lockheed Martin Corp. and Raytheon co.