The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) a follow-on contract potentially worth $56.7 million to upgrade and manage the system that currently provides real-time weather data and flight-planning capabilities and supports Alaska’s general aviation community.
The award has a one-year base period, a one-year option and three six-month options that could run through December 2014.
Harris will provide integrated flight planning and real-time weather briefing capabilities to FAA flight service specialists through the operational and supportability implementation system program.
Harris will also upgrade hardware and software for the OASIS flight service automation system and will provide system test and maintenance support services. The OASIS system, which first went online in 2007, is operational at 18 sites in Alaska and is installed at four support sites in the continental U.S.
“OASIS is critical to ensuring the safety of general aviation aircraft operating in the challenging weather conditions and remote mountainous terrain of Alaska, ” said John O’Sullivan, vice president of Harris’ mission critical networks. “As a managed service, OASIS ensures low-risk, cost-effective modernization of the FAA’s technology infrastructure in Alaska and leverages the experience we have gained from other programs, including the FAA telecommunications infrastructure program.”