FAA contractors settle dispute, agree to share

The Federal Aviation Administration got a billion-dollar piece of its air traffic control modernization project under way after contract bidders Lockheed Martin Corp. and Raytheon Co. resolved a dispute over the award.

Lockheed Martin will be the prime contractor on the En Route Automation Modernization project, an initiative to upgrade hardware and software at 20 FAA en route centers. The centers monitor planes after they leave an airport's airspace.

Raytheon will be a subcontractor on the design and development of radar systems, said Dan Watts, FAA's ERAM product team lead. Other subcontractors include Boeing Co., Computer Sciences Corp., Harris Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp.

Lockheed Martin will be a subcontractor on the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System, for which Raytheon is the prime contractor.

Lockheed Martin will provide terminal air traffic control technology to STARS, through which FAA is developing a single system to view both air traffic and weather advisories.

Under STARS, FAA wants to replace aging monochrome workstations with new color displays, processors and computer software at 172 FAA and 199 Defense Department facilities.

Raytheon had twice protested the award of the ERAM contract, most recently in April, alleging Lockheed Martin had an unfair advantage in winning the solicitation.

The company also filed a protest in February 2001 after FAA conferred a sole-source award to Lockheed Martin.

Watts said Lockheed Martin has begun working on a $10 million risk management proposal on ERAM that will include its plan of deployment.

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