Harris Corp. has completed the transition of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) weather radar data in the continental US to the FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) network, enabling air traffic controllers to receive a much greater volume of weather radar information faster then ever before.

The Weather and Radar Processor (WARP) system provides the FAA with the software tools to consolidate weather data from several sources into a single, integrated, real-time display for air-traffic operations in the continental US, Alaska and Puerto Rico. WARP’s digital capability supports quicker turnaround to ensure that controllers have the most accurate and up-to-date information.

Under contracts awarded in 1996 and 2005, Harris developed, installed and is currently supporting WARP systems at the FAA’s 21 Air Route Traffic Control Centers, the Air Traffic Control System Command Center and the William J. Hughes Technical Center. The transition of the WARP system is another important milestone in the progress of the FTI program. During the 15-year FTI program, Harris is upgrading and improving telecommunications and operations functions at more than 4000 FAA facilities nationwide, and providing the FAA with a more secure, more efficient network that is expected to save $600 M over the life of the program.