Harris Corporation has been selected to supply critical air traffic control (ATC) communications to the Area Control Center at Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-Au-Prince Haiti.
Through its partner Air Mobile Ministries, Harris will provide its Liberty-STAR™ Voice Communication and Control System (VCCS), Liberty-MET Weather System, a 48-port digital voice recorder and GPS Time Source. In addition to the voice communication system, Harris also will supply a operational ATC radios, antennas, accessories and a microwave link to a remote mountain radio site. Toussaint Louverture International Airport is being rebuilt following the country’s 2010 earthquake.
Under a previous contract, Harris supplied emergency back-up ATC radios to replace failing radios the airport was forced to use on an operational basis.
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™. Harris will install the systems and provide operation and maintenance training for the air traffic controllers and technical staff.
“I have flown critical life-saving missions into Haiti for 35 years. It has long been a goal of mine to help Haiti obtain the finest ATC Equipment in the world,” said Joe Hurston, founder and president of Air Mobile Ministries. “Collaborating with Harris has turned that goal into reality.”
“Harris is fully committed to ensuring a safe, secure and efficient ACC is reestablished for the people of Haiti,” said Carl D’Alessandro, vice president and general manager, Civil Programs, Harris Government Communications Systems. “Rebuilding the economy will ultimately depend on the success and stability of the airport, and providing a reliable mission-critical communications solution is a step in that direction.”
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 50 countries. Harris has supplied communications systems for a wide range of countries in the Caribbean region, including the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Barbados, Aruba, Bahamas and the Turks & Caicos.