Harris wins 15-year communications contract in India

10 May 2018

Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Harris Corporation signed a USD141 million, 15-year contract on 10 May 2018 during the US-India Aviation Summit in Mumbai, to modernise Indian air traffic management communications infrastructure.Rick Simonian, vice-president and general manager, Mission Networks, Harris Electronic Systems. (Harris)Rick Simonian, vice-president and general manager, Mission Networks, Harris Electronic Systems. (Harris)

Harris had previously sealed a similar 15-year contract with the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2002, worth USD3.5 billion, to deliver the FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) network.

Rick Simonian, vice-president and general manager of Mission Networks at Harris Electronic Systems, told Jane’s that there are parallels between the AAI deal and the US project.

“The managed service contract is analogous to the way the FAA receives Harris services. We get paid for meeting or exceeding service level agreements. The way the contract is structured, we have a natural motivation to ensure the equipment is fit for purpose and suitable for aviation-grade infrastructure so we will be continually upgrading and recapitalising the infrastructure.”

The contract will be run by a wholly owned subsidiary of Harris, based in India and staffed by local employees, with a US-based shadow team engaged in providing support during the start-up phase.

Harris will own the network, plus the primary and secondary Network Operations Control Centre (NOCC); primary and secondary Security Operations Control Centre (SOCC); and the equipment at customer sites. It will also be responsible for sub-contractors and leases with telecommunications providers.

Simonian said the service will rely on a combination of fibre technology, microwave, and satellite links to deliver communication services throughout India, including a number of remote island sites. The customer can choose the level of service required, and certain types of data will need to traverse more highly reliable circuits than others.

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