India Selects Harris for US$141M Air Traffic Management Contract
Thursday, May 10, 2018 | Comments

Harris was selected to modernize India’s air traffic management (ATM) communications infrastructure. India is one of the world’s fastest growing aviation markets, expected to double in size during the next 10 years.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI), which owns and maintains 129 airports, awarded Harris a 15-year US$141 million contract to serve as the prime contractor and systems integrator for AAI’s Futuristic Telecommunications Infrastructure initiative. The initiative will upgrade network operations, enhance security, and improve the performance, reliability and quality of India’s ATM network, while reducing telecommunications costs.

India’s domestic civil aviation market has experienced an 18 percent increase in passenger traffic in the past year, according to the International Air Transport Association. The region handles more than 190 million passengers, which is expected to double to 337 million domestic and 84 million international passengers during the next decade.

“India’s exponential air traffic growth is creating demand for new aircraft, air navigation technologies, airport security equipment and infrastructure,” said 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.”

“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.”

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