Harris Corporation has bagged a $141 million contract to modernize India’s air traffic management communications infrastructure.
Airports Authority of India (AAI), which maintains 129 airports, has awarded a 15-year contract to Harris to serve as the main contractor and systems integrator for the Futuristic Telecommunications Infrastructure initiative.
Harris, a US-based technology company, will be aiming to upgrade network operations, enhance security, and improve the performance, and quality of India’s air traffic management (ATM) network, while reducing telecommunications costs.
India’s domestic civil aviation market has recorded an 18 percent increase in passenger traffic in the past year, according to the International Air Transport Association. India handles more than 190 million air passengers. India’s air passengers are expected to double to 337 million domestic and 84 million international passengers over the next decade.
Harris said its Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) managed services network 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 network will meet the demands of India’s 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, Mission Networks, Harris Electronic Systems.