Boeing and SELEX Sistemi Integrati have signed a collaboration agreement to support the development phase of the European air traffic modernisation programme as part of the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR).
Under the agreement, both the firms will conduct research on flight data modelling and data link communications for all flight phases and system-wide information management.
Boeing Flight Services Air Traffic Management vice president, Neil Planzer, said: "We are applying an industry-leading Boeing portfolio of services and expertise to the SESAR program to further the modernization of the global air traffic system."
The agreement follows signing of an MoC in October 2011 to co-operate on the SESAR and US Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) programmes.
Boeing engineers will draw on their expertise from the company's divisions: Commercial Airplanes, Commercial Aviation Services' Flight Services division, its subsidiary Jeppesen as well as Boeing Research and Technology and Boeing Defense, Space & Security.
The SESAR programme is part of the European Unions' (EU) 'single European sky' initiative launched in 2004, to modernise the air traffic management system in the continent by coordinating relevant research and development efforts.
The programme aims to restructure the architecture of European air traffic management (ATM) to meet future capacity and safety as well as improve the efficiency of ATM system.
The programme is expected to provide Europe with a new-generation ATM infrastructure to ensure air transport safety over the next 30 years.
The deployment phase of SESAR is scheduled to commence from 2014-2020, which will see major production and implementation of the new ATM infrastructure, comprising complete harmonised and interoperable components.