The data communications network services (DCNS) forms an essential portion of the FAA’s NextGen initiative, which will help to reduce congestion of the airways over the busiest global cities, improve flight safety and increase the efficiency of real-time communications with the replacement of voice with digital data transmissions.
The data communications network services contract is a portion of the 7 year, $150 million that was awarded to the Harris Corporation last month. The entire contract for data communications integrated services, of which DCNS is a part, was awarded last September to Harris.
ARINC is providing data communications network services under DCNS that will assist the FAA with the integration of its end-to-end data communications system. ARINC’s services will include the enabling of Communications Service Provider (CSP) network access and the provision of professional services for test, engineering integration and implementation of DCNS into the Data Communications System.
ARINC and the FAA go back a long way, with a working relationship that has been in place for over 50 years. The industry-leading communications providers pioneered the now standard ACARS messaging system and have been involved in data link technology since as early as 1978.
John Belcher, Chairman & CEO of ARINC Inc said, “Our DCNS work will tackle some of the most crucial issues in the aviation industry—saving fuel, reducing flight times and increasing air traffic capacity. We are proud to be building on our industry-leading legacy by providing solutions that have met the aviation needs of the past and will help solve the challenges of the future.”