US-based Human Solutions, SRA International and TASC have won the EnRoute Technical Assistance Support Services (ETASS) contracts from Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to rebuild the next generation of air traffic control in the country.

The contracts are potentially worth a total of $1bn for the completion of individual task orders to deliver a range of engineering and programme management services that will share information between air traffic controllers while planes are in flight.

The seven year contract has a three year base period and two year options with Human Solutions’ share in contract worth $360.2m, SRA’s is worth about $387.9m and TASC’s is valued to $381.5m.

The companies will now compete for individual task orders to support software, hardware and systems engineering, information systems security, safety management, strategic planning, program management, configuration management, as well as business and financial management.

The winning bidders will also provide administrative management, training assistance, testing and logistics support, performance data management and analysis and many other services.

ETASS will support initiatives of the National Airspace System, including the Enroute Automation Modernisation. It will replace the existing system that processes flight radar data, provides flight communications and generates display data to air traffic controllers.

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The Advance Technologies and Oceanic Procedures plans to integrate and automate flight and radar data processing, detect conflicts between aircraft, as well as provide satellite data communication and surveillance.

ETASS contracts will also be used by FAA for services associated with various weather tracking systems and traffic flow management programmes. Companies such as A3 Technology, Apptis, Continuun Crown Consulting and SAIC have also participated in the bidding process.

Human Solutions’ air traffic solutions include operations analysis, procedures and concepts of use, operational test and evaluation, integration of new technology with legacy systems and usability/suitability issue resolution.

The current contract will replace the two existing Northrop Grumman contracts that are scheduled to expire in February.