Vendors Stick with Air Traffic Control System

WASHINGTON (05/31/2000) - The vendor teams of ARINC Inc. and Lockheed Martin Corp. will continue to the next level of competition for an automated oceanic air traffic control system, the Federal Aviation Administration announced today.

ARINC and Lockheed will demonstrate their abilities to meet requirements set out in the second formal phase of the FAA's Advanced Technologies and Oceanic Procedures acquisition, which will start when a screening information request is released in June.

ATOP asks for a system that is already developed to replace the current oceanic systems with an integrated, modernized solution for controlling air traffic as it crosses oceans.

The current system uses a system of paper strips that controllers use to track the progress of aircraft through oceanic airspace.

A final award to a single vendor team is expected in late 2000 or early 2001.

Diversified International Sciences Corp. also competed in the first round of demonstrations and evaluations.

Lockheed is partnered with Airways New Zealand and Adacel Technologies Ltd., supplier of Datapath Oceanic Air Traffic Management System. ARINC's teammates are Air Services Australia and Harris Corp.

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