Boeing, Cessna to partner on next-generation air traffic control contract

WICHITA — The Boeing Co. said today it has been awarded a contract valued up to $1.7 billion for the next-generation air traffic control system.

The contract, awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration, is for air traffic management modeling and simulation. It includes integrating technologies utilized by commercial and military aircraft, general aviation, unmanned aircraft and helicopters, Boeing said in a release Thursday.

Partners with Boeing on the research and development contract are Cessna Aircraft, Airbus, Lockheed Martin and a variety of non-aircraft manufacturers including Honeywell and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

"This is a great example of Boeing joining with the best of industry to provide a world-class team for the next generation of air traffic management," said Greg Deiter, Boeing vice president of Defense & Government Services, in the release. "By applying fully integrated solutions — from concept development to full-scale flight demonstrations — our team is ready to assist the government in developing and testing advanced air traffic management concepts that will improve safety, reliability and efficiency."

The contract for Boeing has a five-year base with additional options for another five years, the company said.

The FAA also awarded contracts to General Dynamics and ITT. The total potential value the three contracts is $4.4 billion.