Harris Corp. will build new weather processor for FAA

WASHINGTON, 5 April 2005. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today awarded Harris Corp. a 54-month, $57 million follow-on contract for the Weather and Radar Processor (WARP) program, bringing the overall value of the program for Harris to $188 million by 2009.

WASHINGTON, 5 April 2005. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today awarded Harris Corp. a 54-month, $57 million follow-on contract for the Weather and Radar Processor (WARP) program, bringing the overall value of the program for Harris to $188 million by 2009.

The WARP Maintenance and Sustainment (WMSS) program will provide the FAA with complete hardware and software support throughout the life of the program. The announcement was made today during the FOSE 2005 Exposition held April 5-7 at the Washington Convention Center.

The Air Route Traffic Control Centers (ARTCCs) already have been using WARP to enable controllers to view real-time, graphical weather data at their positions under a $131 million program awarded to Harris in 1996. WARP provides advanced, Next-Generation Radar (NEXRAD) weather data directly to the controller displays, replacing the more cumbersome, alphanumeric data displays used previously.

"I remember how exciting it was when the WARP system was declared fully operational by the FAA on December 31, 2002," said Al Dukes, president of the Civil Programs business unit of Harris Corporation's Government Communications Systems Division (GCSD). "We are very pleased that the FAA selected Harris to continue to support this key initiative as part of the FAA's modernization efforts. We are proud that Harris systems integration expertise, weather technology, and systems support are enhancing the safety of our nation's air traffic system."

WARP is a next-generation weather and radar processor that provides the FAA with the software tools to consolidate weather data from several sources into a single, integrated display to support air traffic operations. Harris was tasked with developing, procuring, installing, and supporting WARP systems at the country's 21 ARTCCs, the Air Traffic Control System Command Center, and the William J. Hughes Technical Center.

Harris GCSD, one of four divisions within Harris Corp., conducts advanced research studies, develops prototypes, and produces and supports state-of-the-art assured communications solutions and information systems that solve the mission-critical challenges of its military and government customers, while serving as the technology base for the company's diverse commercial businesses.

Harris Corp., which also provides tactical radio, microwave, and broadcast products and systems, serves customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, see www.harris.com.

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