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Harris Corporation and FAA Mark Cutover of 100th Network Hub Site for New FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure Program


Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have successfully cutover 100 of the 160 legacy network hub sites to the new FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure network that is designed to improve performance and save nearly $600 million in operating costs over the 15-year life of the program. The FAA and Harris marked the milestone achievement with a special ceremony today at FAA headquarters, which was attended by Harris and FAA representatives, including FAA Administrator Marion Blakey.

Harris is the prime contractor and system architect for the FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) program, one of the largest government telecommunications initiatives ever undertaken. The network ensures the efficient, secure and reliable transmission of voice, data, radar, weather and other information critical to the operation of the National Airspace System (NAS), and provides the foundation for the FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System (NGATS).

FTI replaces six legacy networks with one nationwide, all-digital network backbone - upgrading and improving telecommunications operations at more than 4,000 FAA facilities nationwide, and providing more than 20,000 telecommunications services. To date, nearly 90 percent of the 4,000 sites and 20,000 services have been transitioned nationwide

“This is a key achievement in the continued progress of FTI and reflects the excellent results that are possible with a strong public agency/private sector partnership, such as this one between Harris and the FAA,” said Jeremy Wensinger, group president, Harris Government Communications Systems. “The transition of these network hub sites will enable the FAA to realize significant cost savings, and demonstrates that Harris is on track to complete the transition of the remaining network hub facilities by December 2007 as originally planned.”

“The FTI network is the FAA’s nationwide telecommunications backbone, carrying information vital to key programs supporting today’s National Airspace System such as En Route Automation Modernization, Airport Surface Detection Equipment-Model X, Flight Services 21, and Integrated Terminal Weather System,” said John O’Sullivan, Harris FTI program vice president. “FTI is also critical to the future of the Next Generation Air Transportation System, supporting future programs such as System-Wide Information Management and DataComm.”

Harris is leading a team of top telecommunications companies consisting of AT&T, Qwest Communications International, Sprint, Verizon Communications, and Raytheon Technical Services. The team is supporting the FAA in replacing the LINCS network, the Data Multiplexing Network, the Bandwidth Manager network, and the National Aviation Data Interchange Network with an integrated telecommunications infrastructure. Requirements include replacing more than 20,000 telecommunications services, upgrading switching and routing capabilities, improving network monitoring and control, implementing a state-of-the-art security system, and providing network-engineering services.

About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual revenue of over $4 billion and 16,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications™products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at


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