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Rohde & Schwarz Teams with Leidos on Future Flight Services Program Contract Award

Leidos selects Rohde & Schwarz USA to provide the voice communications system for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Future Flight Services Program.

Rohde & Schwarz was awarded a contract by Leidos to provide the voice communications system for the FAA’s Future Flight Services Program. (Image: Rohde & Schwarz)
Rohde & Schwarz was awarded a contract by Leidos to provide the voice communications system for the FAA’s Future Flight Services Program. (Image: Rohde & Schwarz)

Columbia, MD, January 22, 2020 – Rohde & Schwarz USA, Inc. today announced a collaboration with Leidos (NYSE: LDOS), a FORTUNE® 500 science and technology leader, to support their recently awarded Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Future Flight Services Program (FFSP) contract. As a subcontractor, Rohde & Schwarz USA, Inc. will work to modernize the voice communications system (VCS) for FFSP by providing a new central communication platform for the program.

Using the Rohde & Schwarz R&S VCS-4G system, the FAA will have the ability to deploy two geographically separated systems plus a Technology Support Laboratory system with a total of 200 Controller Working Positions (CWP). This redundant modular system allows Flight Service Specialists at Flight Service Data Centers to handle flight service calls from anywhere in the continental US and Caribbean. It will allow for load sharing between service centers during periods of heavy traffic and consolidation of services to a single service center during periods of light traffic.

For the specific requirements of FAA’s Future Flight Services Program, the existing R&S VCS-4G technology, which has a 10-year proven track record, will be enhanced by additional functionality.

“We are pleased to collaborate with Rohde & Schwarz and leverage their organizational and technological capabilities to help meet our customer’s very unique requirements,” said Fran Hill, Leidos senior vice president of transportation solutions. “We look forward to modernizing this critical communications system for general aviation flight planning and having it in service by 2022.”

“Rohde & Schwarz welcomes this contract award in the United States, having a long-standing company experience in deploying fourth generation full IP to the core voice communication systems in various complex environments around the world,” said Frank Dunn, president of Rohde & Schwarz USA, Inc. and Rohde & Schwarz Canada, Inc. “We will support Leidos in implementing and operating the overall communications system, improving system readiness, while reducing lifecycle costs.”

R&S VCS-4G is a full IP solution, in use for more than 280 systems in 60 countries worldwide, including airports/towers, Air Route Traffic Control Centers (ARTCC), virtual centers, remote towers, offshore drilling sites, mobile towers, and shelters. The technology implements the EUROCAE ED-137 standard to the core of the system and not just to periphery components. It is the world’s first and most widely deployed full IP VCS system.

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