LORAL IS TO BE allowed to continue with major elements of the US air-traffic-control (ATC) modernisation programme, which it inherited from IBM.

The US Federal Aviation Administration has awarded it a $898 million fixed-price incentive contract to build more than 3,000 display system replacement (DSR) units - automated workstations for its 20 air-traffic-control centres and other key sites. The DSR now proposed lacks a map display and electronic flight-strips.

Loral inherited the aborted $7 billion advanced automation system (AAS) project when it bought IBM Federal Systems. The FAA last year cancelled or modified four major portions of Loral's AAS work. First DSR delivery is due in late 1997. Loral also received $57 million from the FAA to begin development of the Tower Control Computer Complex system.

Source: Flight International