FAA Gives Boeing ATC Contract

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The FAA last week awarded Boeing Co. the second phase of the Global Communications, Navigation and Surveillance System contract, Government Computer News (GCN) reported on Friday. Boeing will develop networks for surveillance data, weather and aeronautical information, GCN said. The aim of the project is to allow for safe and secure increases in air traffic capacity. Network-enabled ATC aims to give users and air traffic managers a common operating picture that will encourage collaborative decision-making and provide for more rapid response to unexpected events, such as aviation weather and security threats, according to GCN. The air traffic modernization contract is worth $12.9 million for the first year and $23.2 million if the FAA picks up the second-year option, GCN said.