General Dynamics C4 Systems (NYSE: GD) has received a $25 million production order from the Federal Aviation Administration for new air traffic control radios to replace the agency’s legacy analog radios.
The radios are intended to help establish a networked ground communication infrastructure for air traffic controllers and the National Airspace System, General Dynamics announced Monday.
Airport terminals’ air traffic control sites, regional control centers and other aviation facilities in the country will use the radios, the company said.
“The FAA estimates that the number of air travelers will almost double in the next 20 years, which underscores the importance of these radios in keeping air traffic controllers communicating effectively with every pilot in an increasingly congested and complex national airspace, ” said Chris Marzilli, General Dynamics C4 Systems president.
General Dynamics will provide the software-defined Voice over Internet Protocol CM-300/350 UHF and VHF air traffic control radios, related accessories and training materials to the FAA.
This order follows a $10 million initial award for qualification and certification of the new radios.