The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded a $1.2bn contract to General Dynamics (GD) as part of its air traffic control system modernisation plan.
The ten-year contract is part of the FAA's System Engineering 2020 research and development / mission analysis support programme.
GD says it will work on bettering the safety and efficiency of US airspace by improving trajectory based operations, collaborative air-traffic management, advanced flight-deck technologies, safety, security and environmental performance, and facility transformations.
It also wants to increase the number of arrivals and departures at high-density airports, as well as the levels of flexibility in the terminal environment, and reduce the impact of poor weather on operations.
The contract allows for the provision of mission-analysis support to air traffic management automation, air plane design and analysis, avionic system operations and maintenance and cost-benefit analysis.
Support will also be provided for upgrading the National Airspace System (NAS) security, large-scale demonstrations and NAS air-traffic facility certification under the contract.
Systems integration, development and operations expertise, modelling and simulation, and ground and air-based information and communications system upgrades will also be provided.
The GD team will include Gulfstream Aerospace and Jet Aviation.