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Harris Corporation Team Completes Mission Support Network for FTI Northwest Mountain Regional Sites


MELBOURNE, Florida, June 21, 2006 — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) today announced that its Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) team has successfully completed the transition of all sites in the FAA’s Northwest Mountain Region to the new FTI Mission Support Services. The FTI Mission Support network replaces the FAA’s existing wide-area network that transports administrative functions such as payroll and e-mail.

“The Mission Support program is on schedule and represents the first major upgrade to the FAA’s administrative wide-area network in more than 10 years and will provide a much more secure and reliable network for communications within the FAA,” said John O’Sullivan, FTI program vice president, Harris Government Communications Systems Division. “The Northwest Mountain Region is the first of the FAA’s nine legacy regions to be fully transitioned to the new Mission Support Network. The on-time completion of this transition exemplifies the cooperation between the FAA’s field offices and the Harris FTI program team.”

All of the FAA’s 44 primary and secondary core sites, including FAA headquarters and key operations centers, and more than 94-percent of the FAA’s smaller sites are already transitioned to the Mission Support network, with all remaining sites expected to be completed in this month.

The FTI program is upgrading communications circuits at more than 4,400 FAA facilities nationwide, creating a modern telecommunications network that will provide unparalleled safety, security, and reliability at significantly reduced operating costs. The FTI program is expected to save the FAA more than $600 million in operating costs over the 15-year life of the program. Harris Corporation heads an industry-leading team of telecommunications companies in the implementation of FTI.

As part of the FTI program, the Harris team is consolidating the Leased Interfacility NAS Communications System, Data Multiplexing Network, Bandwidth Manager, and National Aviation Data Interchange Network into an integrated telecommunications infrastructure. Harris also is replacing the Agency Data Telecommunications Network and the FAA Telecommunications Satellite System. Requirements include providing Wide Area Network services, upgrading switching and routing services, improving network monitoring and control, implementing a state-of-the-art security system, and providing network engineering services. In addition to the Mission Support network installations, FTI equipment has now been installed and accepted at more than 1,500 FAA facilities, and nearly 6,000 operational services have been accepted and are in service nationwide. Transition from the more costly legacy networks to FTI is expected to be completed by December 2007.

Harris Government Communications Systems Division 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 Corporation is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. With headquarters in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual sales of over $3 billion and more than 13,000 employees, including 5,500 engineers and scientists. The company’s four operating divisions serve markets for government communications, RF communications, broadcast communications, and microwave communications. For more information, visit


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