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FAA Lockheed Upgrade Flaws Lead to $330 Million Cost

A Lockheed Martin Co. air-traffic upgrade will cost another $330 million and take three more years to complete after flaws were detected during the system’s first activation in 2010, the Federal Aviation Administration’s deputy administrator said today.

Replacement of computers at 20 centers where controllers direct traffic at high altitudes, a linchpin of the agency’s $40 billion modernization effort called NextGen, was supposed to be completed in fiscal 2011 at a cost of $2.1 billion.