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Harris-led Team Completes Implementation of FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) Network in Hawaii


MELBOURNE, Florida, January 30, 2006 — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) today announced that its Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) team has successfully completed the transition of operations services for the Hawaii-based FTI network. Harris is the prime contractor and system architect for the FTI program, upgrading and improving telecommunications and operations functions at more than 4,500 FAA facilities nationwide. FTI equipment has been installed and accepted at more than 1,000 FAA facilities with more than 2,600 operational services accepted and in-service nationwide.

All 21 FAA sites in the Hawaii system, together with all 98 associated operations services, have been transitioned to the FTI network. The cutover of Hawaii, a key geographic area within the FAA’s Western-Pacific Region, marks the first consolidated business area within the FAA to completely cutover from the legacy network to FTI.

“Implementation of the FTI network throughout Hawaii is another key milestone in the ongoing progress of the total program,” said John O’Sullivan, FTI program vice president for Harris Corporation Government Communications Systems Division. “The implementation was completed on schedule, providing a robust network that will help maximize productivity and significantly lower the FAA’s operating costs. The FTI team was able to accelerate the transition of the existing Hawaiian Leased Interfacility NAS Communications System (LINCS) services to FTI in order to save the FAA the challenge and extra cost of extending the current contract.”

Harris recently announced that its FTI team has completed the Internet Protocol over Asynchronous Transfer Mode (IP over ATM) backbone for the FTI network that interconnects the nodes of the largest FAA facilities across the nation. This backbone connects 21 Air Route Traffic Control Centers and six other sites, and is used to transport a variety of critical information including flight plans, surveillance data, weather data, and navigation aids.

Harris is leading a team of top telecommunications companies consisting of AT&T, BellSouth Corporation, Qwest Communications International, Sprint, Verizon Communications, and Raytheon Technical Services.

For the FTI program, the Harris team is consolidating LINCS, the Data Multiplexing Network, Bandwidth Manager, and the National Aviation Data Interchange Network into an integrated telecommunications infrastructure. Requirements include replacing more than 24,000 circuits, upgrading switching and routing services, improving network monitoring and control, implementing a state-of-the-art security system, and providing network-engineering services.

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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