FAA awards CSC a $329 million contract for distributed air traffic control

FAA awards CSC a $329 million contract for distributed air traffic control

By Bill Murray

GCN Staff

JULY 31—The Federal Aviation Administration today announced it has awarded a software development and support contract potentially worth $329 million to Computer Sciences Corp. under the Free Flight Program.

CSC will help change the command and control system used by pilots and air traffic controllers into a distributed system that lets pilots choose their own routes and file flight plans, within air safety parameters. If FAA exercises two one-year options at the end of the three-year base period, the time-and-materials contract could be worth $329 million, CSC officials said.

To support FFP and automate en route air traffic control, CSC will provide systems support for the Host Computer System, Aeronautical Data Link, Air Traffic Management System, National Aerospace System Infrastructure, Departure Spacing Program and Center-Terminal Radar Approach Control Automation System.

CSC has worked on FAA's tactical and strategic air traffic management systems since 1972. The systems integrator will perform engineering and analysis, open-system conversion and rehosting, software development, deployment and maintenance, and network design. In addition, CSC and its subcontractors will provide training, deployment, logistics and maintenance services to meet milestones established in the FFP plan.

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