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Harris Corporation to supply air traffic control system for St. Lucia International Airport

9 October 2015

Harris Corporation has been selected to supply critical air traffic control (ATC) communications to the Hewanorra International Airport in St. Lucia.  

Harris will supply its Liberty-STAR™ Voice Communication and Control System (VCCS) to the main airport, which serves the island of St. Lucia.

Liberty-STAR VCCS features a modular architecture, open-platform software and commercial-off-the-shelf hardware that delivers a reliable, scalable communications solution for ATC towers, airline and area control dispatch, flight service stations, and mobile shelters.  The system will be equipped with touch-screen operator positions, radio interfaces, telephone interfaces, and a System Maintenance, Administration and Reconfiguration Terminal (SMART) POSITION™.  The system is IP-enabled which will allow St. Lucian aviation authorities to migrate to the new technology when they are ready.  The selected solution is part of Harris’ VCS21 family of advanced VCCS products designed to provide safe, flexible mission-critical operations.

“Given the geographic and the economic region that surrounds St. Lucia, Harris understands the pivotal role a healthy and vibrant tourism industry plays to its economy,” said Carl D’Alessandro, president, Critical Networks, Harris Corporation.  “With a half million people a year travelling to the island nation and that number set to nearly double over the next few years, maintaining safe and reliable airways is critical to the country’s growth.”

Harris has extensive experience developing mission-critical solutions that support civil and military air traffic control operations worldwide, including more than 200 customers in more than 60 countries.  While this is the company’s first ATC communications contract in St. Lucia, Harris has supplied communications systems for a wide range of countries in the Caribbean region, including the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Barbados, Aruba, Bahamas, Sint Maarten and the Turks and Caicos.

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