FAA taps General Dynamics to provide technical support for NIEC laboratory

1 October 2013 (Last Updated October 1st, 2013 18:30)

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded a five-year, $12m technical support contract to General Dynamics to provide NextGen Integration and Evaluation Capability (NIEC) support.

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded a five-year, $12m technical support contract to General Dynamics to provide NextGen Integration and Evaluation Capability (NIEC) support.

The latest task order was awarded under the FAA's System Engineering 2020 programme, which was awarded to General Dynamics in 2010.

General Dynamics will provide systems integration, development and operations expertise, modelling and simulation as well as ground and air-based information and communications systems improvements to the NIEC laboratory, the FAA's research platform to explore, integrate and evaluate NextGen technologies and concepts.

General Dynamics Information Technology Transportation business unit vice president Frank Anstett said that the company understands the FAA's processes, technologies, goals and vision for its NextGen modernisation programme.

"We look forward to continuing our relationship as a trusted partner delivering innovative services and support to the NextGen Integration and Evaluation Capability," Anstett said.

The NIEC laboratory focuses on exploring, integrating and evaluating NextGen technologies and concepts, offering researchers a variety of air traffic management systems and tools that model and simulate the National Airspace System (NAS).

Work under the new task order will be performed by existing General Dynamics employees at the FAA's William J. Hughes Technical Center at the Atlantic City International Airport in Pomona, New Jersey.

General Dynamics One Source is a joint venture of General Dynamics Information Technology, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems and General Dynamics C4 Systems.

In addition to the FAA's System Engineering 2020 programme, General Dynamics earlier helped the FAA migrate from a Public Branch Exchange (PBX) telephony environment to the latest infrastructure based on a Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) and IP telephony technologies under the FAA's Administrative Voice Enterprise Services (FAVES) programme.


Image: Work under the new task order will be performed at the FAA's William J. Hughes Technical Center at the Atlantic City International Airport in Pomona, New Jersey. Photo: courtesy of ACY Authority.