The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has awarded Harris a 15-year, Rs. 944 crore contract to serve as the prime contractor and systems integrator for Futuristic Telecommunications Infrastructure initiative.
The initiative will upgrade network operations, enhance security and improve the performance, reliability and quality of India’s air traffic management (ATM) network, while reducing telecommunications costs.
“India’s exponential air traffic growth is creating demand for new aircraft, air navigation technologies, airport security equipment and infrastructure,” said Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, AAI Chairman.
“The Futuristic Telecommunications Infrastructure provides a dedicated nationwide network to support air traffic management operations, with an emphasis on safety and high reliability and the ability to expand for growth,” added Mohapatra.
Harris will leverage its extensive expertise from creating and managing the highly successful Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) managed services network, which securely connects more than 4,400 national and international FAA and Department of Defense facilities, and enables the FAA to achieve its mission for safe and efficient air travel of more than 87,000 aircraft each day.
“The new secure, purpose-built network will meet the demands of India’s rapid aviation growth and lay the foundation for future ATM opportunities for Harris in other geographies with high air traffic growth,” said Rick Simonian, vice president and general manager, Mission Networks, Harris Electronic Systems.
“AAI’s selection of our FAA-proven managed network services model allows the agency to benefit from the most current telecommunications technology, enhanced safety and efficiency, and reduced operational costs,” added Simonian.