Harris Corporation to Install Advanced Air Traffic Control Systems in New Pakistan Airport

- MELBOURNE, FL/GATINEAU, QC, Canada

Harris Corporation has been awarded a contract to install critical air traffic control (ATC) communications at a new international airport in Pakistan.

Through its partner GECI, Harris will supply a primary Liberty-STAR™ Voice Communication and Control System (VCCS) as well as a back-up system to the new Benazir Bhutto International Airport. The airport, which is currently under construction, will become the largest airport in Pakistan and replace the existing airport in Islamabad sharing the same name.

Liberty-STAR™ VCCS features a modular architecture, open-platform software and commercial-off-the-shelf hardware that delivers a reliable, scalable communications solution for ATC towers, airline and area control dispatch, flight service stations, and mobile shelters. The system will be equipped with touch-screen operator positions, radio interfaces, telephone interfaces, and a System Maintenance, Administration and Reconfiguration Terminal (SMART) POSITION™.

“The new airport will significantly help the region and the country attract more business and solidify their burgeoning economy,” said Carl D’Alessandro, vice president and general manager, Civil Programs, Harris Government Communications Systems. “Harris is pleased to provide the Civil Aviation Authority with a unique, integrated communications solution for their new state-of-the-art facility.”

Harris has extensive experience developing mission-critical solutions that support civil and military air traffic control operations worldwide, including more than 200 customers in more than 50 countries. While this is the company’s first ATC communications contract in Pakistan, Harris has supplied communications systems for a wide range of countries in the Middle East region, including Iraq, Afghanistan, United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

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