Northrop Grumman was awarded a five-year, $32 million contract from FAA to provide national maintenance services and logistic support of several FAA communications products and systems, including the Integrated Communications Switching System (ICSS), Rapid Deployment Voice Switching System (RDVS), Enhanced Terminal Voice Switch (ETVS), and Small Tower Voice Switch (STVS).
Under the terms of the contract, Northrop Grumman will ensure the existing communications systems, hardware, firmware, and documentation are supported into the year 2015. The company will supply round-the-clock technical assistance support, including next day delivery of critical repairs.
"With this latest contract award, pilot and air traffic control specialist communications will be enhanced, thanks to Northrop Grumman's Commercial Repair Center, a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to providing accelerated service and support turnaround time. In addition, the FAA will gain access to expertise in net-centric hardware, information technology, security and other air traffic control mission critical services, all focused on increasing the safety of the flying public," said John Jadik, vice president of Communications, Intelligence and Networking Solutions for Northrop Grumman's Land and Self Protection Systems Division.
The ICSS, RDVS, ETVS and STVS systems are the primary communications links between air traffic controllers and air crews onboard commercial aircraft. To date, Northrop Grumman has delivered more than 1,400 voice communications systems and over 600 Digital Voice Recorder Systems (DVRS) to customers worldwide.