FAA picks Lockheed Martin for en route modernization

FAA picks Lockheed Martin for en route modernization

By Preeti Vasishtha

GCN Staff

JUNE 12—The Federal Aviation Administration yesterday awarded a $125 million contract to Lockheed Martin Corp. to develop the En Route Communications Gateway.

The gateway systems, designed to help the agency improve its processing of radar data for aircraft en route, ultimately would replace the Peripheral Adapter Module Replacement Item systems at FAA sites nationwide. The PARMI systems use hardware and software dating to the mid-1960s.

Using the latest communications protocols and expandable hardware components, the en route gateways are expected to reduce system outages and be easier to maintain, FAA officials said.

The systems will provide the foundation for new communications, radar and surveillance sources. For instance, FAA wants to port information to the gateways from its Automatic Dependent Surveillance system, which lets pilots and controllers view the same air traffic simultaneously.

Lockheed Martin will install the first gateway system at FAA's Seattle en route center by 2003 and give it a shakedown cruise. FAA then by 2005 will deploy gateways at 21 additional en route centers, the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City and William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, N.J.

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