FAA opens ERAM contract for bids

FAA opens ERAM contract for bids

The Federal Aviation Administration is inviting proposals for a billion-dollar air traffic modernization project that ran into controversy last year.

The agency last week released the screening information request for the En Route Automation Modernization project, which will upgrade hardware and software at the agency's 20 en route centers.

The FAA last February conferred a sole-source award, without competition, to Lockheed Martin Corp. to upgrade the system.

Potential bidder Raytheon Co., said it was caught off guard by the award and filed a protest with the FAA Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition. The office upheld the protest.

This time, FAA plans to select two vendors to come up with a technical architecture within a specified budget, said Nancy Chapman, en route integrated product team leader.

Depending on the architecture, the FAA will award the contract early next year. The agency hopes to complete ERAM by 2008.

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