The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been working to make its technology more cost-efficient and effective—and has been awarding many recent contracts to a company it has been doing business with for more than 50 years.
Leidos, a Fortune 500 information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader, has been awarded a variety of FAA contracts through the years, including En Route Automation Modernization, Advanced Technology Oceanic Procedures, Time Based Flow Management, and Terminal Flight Data Management. The company provides air traffic control systems that help manage more than 44,000 flights and 2.7 million traveling passengers in the world’s busiest airspace.
Last year, the company revealed that it would continue providing flight services for the FAA under a new 15-year, $1 billion contract. The Future Flight Services Program contract calls on the company to help modernize and provide costs savings for flight services it provides for the FAA. And earlier this year, Leidos was awarded an approximate $450 million contract by the FAA to replace the agency’s Mode S Beacon Systems, a secondary surveillance radar (beacon) capable of providing surveillance and specific aircraft information to support Air Traffic Control automation in all traffic environments.
Now the company has announced that it has been awarded another FAA contract, this time to design and develop a system to provide real-time access to essential weather, aeronautical, and National Airspace System (NAS) information through a common, NAS-wide Enterprise- Information Display System (E-IDS). The scalable, cloud-ready solution will replace five legacy systems as part of FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) modernization project.
The contract holds an approximate value of $292 million and includes a four-year base period and 11 one-year options.
“Our nation’s air traffic controllers keep the NAS safe, relying on the display of multiple data sources to perform their critical mission,” said Fran Hill, senior vice president of Leidos Transportation Solutions. “Our job at Leidos is to help controllers do their work more efficiently. The new E-IDS will enable them to access standardized data, customize their displays and operate with two clicks or less.”