Harris Awarded Navy Contract

By Tish Drake | June 2, 2009
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Harris Corp., based in Melbourne, Fla., was awarded a $9.8 million follow-on contract to provide 209 Fibre Channel Network Switches for the U.S. Navy's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and other military aircraft. The new award brings the total value of the switch development and production contracts for Harris to more than $55 million since 2000, the company said. The Fibre Channel Network Switch is a component of the onboard Advanced Mission Computer and Display subsystem. Under the new award, Harris will supply 188 switches for U.S. Navy Lot 33 F/A-18E/F, EA-18G and E-2D aircraft; for F/A-18F and EA-18G supplemental aircraft; and also for retrofitting of Lots 26-28 F/A-18E/F aircraft. The contract also will provide 21 switches for the Australian F/A-18F aircraft under the Foreign Military Sales program. The switches will be produced at the company's headquarters in Melbourne, with an expected completion date of December 2010. The Harris Fibre Channel Network Switch provides all of the fibre channel protocols required for node-to-node communications and true line-speed synchronous switching, and a scalable architecture that supports current and future mission-critical flight environments, the company said.

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