General Dynamics bags $363 million deal for air traffic control radios

Telecom Lead America: General
Dynamics C4 Systems, a unit of General Dynamics, has bagged a 10-year contract
from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract has a
potential value of $363 million if all options are exercised.

Under the contract, General Dynamics C4 Systems deliver
radios to FA, which will allow air traffic control personnel to communicate
with commercial and military aircraft throughout the National Airspace System

The contract is part of the FAA’s Next Generation Air-Ground
Communications (NEXCOM) Segment 2 program which includes replacing outmoded air
traffic control (ATC) air-to-ground radios with radios using the latest in
communications technology.

General Dynamics received a $6
million initial award to qualify and certify the radios for operation in the

“This contract continues General Dynamics’
long-standing ability to deliver highly reliable, technologically advanced air
traffic control radios to the FAA. As the nation’s airspace gets increasingly
crowded, these radios have the built-in flexibility to accommodate the growing
demand for high-quality, dependable ground-to-air communications,”
said Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics C4 Systems.

The software-defined CM300/350 VHF and UHF air traffic
control radios will provide Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) capabilities
along with improved ground-to-air communications performance.

General Dynamics first delivered the CM-series UHF and VHF
air traffic control radios to the FAA in 1992 and has delivered over 13,500
CM300/350 Version 1 UHF radios as part of the NEXCOM UHF contract awarded in

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