FAA today said it is soliciting bids from companies to compete for NextGen support contracts valued at $7 billion, which it says is the largest award in the agency's history.

The agency explains under the available awards titled System Engineering 2020, it will award up to five separate contracts for research, development and systems engineering work to help the agency deliver NextGen.

FAA says it plans to award the contracts to teams of companies. Up to three will perform research and development work, with two being responsible for systems engineering.

Specifically the teams are focusing on a series of operational capabilities including trajectory based operations, collaborative air traffic management and reduced weather impact.

The award of five-year contracts is scheduled for next summer, with subsequent three- and two-year options.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news