FAA inks deal for en route system upgrade

FAA inks deal for en route system upgrade

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

The system is designed to help the agency improve its radar data processing for aircraft in flight. It ultimately would replace the Peripheral Adapter Module Replacement Item system, which uses hardware and software dating to the mid-1960s, at FAA sites nationwide.

Using the latest communications protocols and expandable hardware components, the en route gateway is expected to reduce systems outages and be easier to maintain, FAA officials said.

Lockheed Martin will install and test the first gateway system at FAA's Seattle en route center by 2003. By 2005, the agency will deploy the system at 21 additional centers, as well as at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City and William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, N.J.

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