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May 6
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AIR TRAFFIC OPTIMISATION LEADER, ORTHOGON, JOINS FREQUENTIS GROUP IN FIRST STEP OF L3HARRIS ACQUISITION

AIR TRAFFIC OPTIMISATION LEADER, ORTHOGON, JOINS FREQUENTIS GROUP IN FIRST STEP OF L3HARRIS ACQUISITION

Austria / USA / Germany, 3 May 2021

Frequentis portfolio benefits from Orthogon software, capable of reducing air traffic
controller workload and carbon emissions


The former L3Harris Orthogon, based in Bremen, Germany, will now operate as Frequentis Orthogon. The company’s software benefits todays crowded air traffic environment through the flexible use of resources to reduce controller workload and manage air traffic queues safely and efficiently.

“We are pleased that we able to complete the takeover of Orthogon faster than expected. The solutions from Orthogon expand our range of services in relation to integrated total solutions in the area of air traffic management”, says Frequentis CEO Norbert Haslacher. “Together we can now offer our customers an even more comprehensive product portfolio with higher performance and a greater proportion of digitalisation.”

The company, founded in 1987, has led advancements in air traffic queue optimisation, demand capacity management, traffic flow management, and visualisation solutions for the air traffic management (ATM) and airport industries for over 30 years. Notable are the impacts solutions have on reducing air traffic carbon emissions. Together, the products will be further marketed within the Frequentis Group and included in the range of remote digital towers and air traffic control centers.

Orthogon currently employs around 80 people and achieved annual sales of around EUR 10 million in 2020. The management remains in the hands of Frank Koehne, who has been managing the company since 2009. The purchase agreement was signed on 23 February 2021, the closing took place on 30 April 2021.

“We are very pleased to become part of the Frequentis Group and to contribute our many years of expertise in air traffic optimisation. The stability of Frequentis Orthogon is an important signal to our international customers and the continuation of business relationships,” says Orthogon Managing Director Frank Koehne.

Together both look to the future with optimism, to grow the business in the air traffic control and airport domain. The takeover is a particular success for Frequentis, as Frequentis has strived for shareholdings in the market-leading company for over 15 years.

The takeover of two further units from L3Harris (Harris ATC Solutions business unit from Harris Canada Systems Inc., and Harris C4i, Australia) is expected to complete in the coming months, subject to the usual regulatory approvals.

About FREQUENTIS

Frequentis, headquartered in Vienna, is an international supplier of communication and information systems for control centres with safety-critical tasks. Such ‘control centre solutions’ are developed and marketed by Frequentis in the business sectors Air Traffic Management (civil and military air traffic control, air defence) and Public Safety & Transport (police, fire brigade, ambulance services, shipping, railways). As a global player, Frequentis operates a worldwide network of branches, subsidiaries, and local representatives in more than 50 countries. Products and solutions from Frequentis can be found in over 35,000 operator working positions and in approximately 150 countries.

Founded in 1947, Frequentis considers itself to be the global market leader in voice communication systems for air traffic control with a market share of around 30%. In addition, the Frequentis Group’s AIM (aeronautical information management) and AMHS (aeronautical message handling) systems, as well as GSM-R systems for Public Transport are industry leading global solutions.

The shares of Frequentis AG are traded on the Vienna and Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol FQT (ISIN: ATFREQUENT09). In 2020, the Frequentis Group had about 1,900 employees worldwide and generated revenues of EUR 299.4 million and EBIT of EUR 26.8 million.

For more information, please visit www.frequentis.com


Jennifer McLellan, Media Relations Manager, Frequentis AG,
jennifer.mclellan@frequentis.com, +44 2030 050 188

Apr 28
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FREQUENTIS ACQUIRES PARTS OF THE ATM PRODUCT SEGMENT FROM L3HARRIS TECHNOLOGIES

FREQUENTIS ACQUIRES PARTS OF THE ATM PRODUCT SEGMENT FROM L3HARRIS TECHNOLOGIES

VIENNA, Austria. February 23, 2021

  • The acquisition underpins Frequentis´ strong capabilities in voice communication solutions for civil and military Air Traffic Management (“ATM”)
  • The transition is expected to be completed in the second half of the year 2021 and is subject to competition clearance and regulatory approvals
  • The transaction will complement Frequentis´ ATM product portfolio and is expected to contribute revenues of some EUR 30 million p.a. to Frequentis in the first full FY after closing
  • Customers will benefit from an even broader ATM solution portfolio delivering greater capabilities and digitalisation

Frequentis AG, a leading international supplier of communication and information solutions for safetycritical applications, has announced today that it had signed an agreement to acquire the ATM voice communications and arrival management product business from the US company L3Harris Technologies for a purchase price of USD 20.1 million (about EUR 16,58 million) subject to customary net debt and working capital based purchase price adjustments at Closing.

The transaction comprises the acquisition of

  • the ATM voice communication systems product line of L3Harris, USA;
  • the Harris ATC Solutions business unit of Harris Canada Systems Inc., Gatineau, Canada;
  • 100% of the shares in Harris C4i Pty. Ltd., Melbourne, Australia; and
  • 100% of the shares in Harris Orthogon GmbH, Bremen, Germany.

In addition to such acquisitions, L3Harris and Frequentis have entered into cooperation agreements
under which Frequentis as an L3Harris’ technology partner will provide voice communication products
for use in L3Harris’ large-scale solutions and services business.

This transaction marks a significant step in Frequentis’ growth strategy and will complement Frequentis’
portfolio for the civil and defence ATM sector. Moreover, Frequentis adds the leading arrival and departure management solutions from L3Harris Orthogon to its offering. This is a next stage in Frequentis’ strategy for ATM, in line with the previous acquisitions of Comsoft and ATRiCS.

Strong Strategic Rationale

“Even in the currently challenging times we are committed to advance and to continuously innovate. We want to serve our customers with the best solutions and accompany them in their digitalisation journey.
The acquisition enables us to grow our global customer base. Traffic optimisation is crucial, even and above all, in times of low traffic. It is our commitment to an efficient and environmentally sustainable air traffic management environment, driven by digitalisation and automation“, says Norbert Haslacher, CEO of Frequentis. “This acquisition, as well as the strong cooperation agreed with L3Harris is perfectly in line with our corporate strategy and achieves a key step in the evolution of Frequentis as a global supplier of mission critical solutions.”

Benefits of the deal

Frequentis expects to benefit from significant enhancements in its ATM portfolio and market access:

  • Australian-based C4i will be complementing the Frequentis ATM defence portfolio by its high secure interoperable communications solutions for mission-critical environments.
  • Frequentis will continue to market Germany-based Orthogon´s leading products for traffic synchronisation for ATC en-route, approach and airport ATC centres, including them in their offering for digital towers and centres.
  • By acquiring the Harris ATC Solutions business unit of Harris Canada Systems, Frequentis will expand its technical solutions and add an even wider range of solutions to its already extensive portfolio. This will further strengthen Frequentis´capabilities as a global supplier of ATM communications solutions, particularly in the stream of large-scale IT based systems.

“This acquisition and the cooperation with L3Harris make us competitively stronger, with a greater
scale. We are expanding in a market where we have a track record of success and a dedicated
workforce serving customers around the world, in providing solutions that have to be outstanding in
terms of reliability, security and efficiency.” Haslacher says.

Transaction Details

The transaction is expected be completed in the second half of the year 2021 and is subject to competition clearance and regulatory approvals. The transaction consideration will be financed from Frequentis’ cash resources and existing credit lines. Following completion of the acquisition, Frequentis AG will retain a strong balance sheet and liquidity position.

About FREQUENTIS

Frequentis, headquartered in Vienna, is an international supplier of communication and information systems for control
centres with safety-critical tasks. Such ‘control centre solutions’ are developed and marketed by Frequentis in the business sectors Air Traffic Management (civil and military air traffic control, air defence) and Public Safety & Transport
(police, fire brigade, ambulance services, shipping, railways). As a global player, Frequentis operates a worldwide
network of branches, subsidiaries, and local representatives in more than 50 countries.

Products and solutions from Frequentis can be found in over 30,000 operator working positions and in approximately 140 countries. Founded in 1947, Frequentis considers itself to be the global market leader in voice communication systems for air traffic control with a market share of around 30%. In addition, the Frequentis Group’s AIM (aeronautical
information management) and AMHS (aeronautical message handling) systems, as well as GSM-R systems for Public
Transport are industry leading global solutions.

The shares of Frequentis AG are traded on the Vienna and Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol FQT
(ISIN: ATFREQUENT09). In 2019, the Frequentis Group had about 1,850 employees worldwide and generated revenues
of EUR 303.6 million and EBIT of EUR 17.2 million.

For more information, please visit www.frequentis.com

About L3 Harris

L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defence technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions
that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defence and commercial technologies
across air, land, sea, space and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $18 billion in annual revenue, with
customers in more than 100 countries.

More information: www.l3harris.com

Contacts:

Brigitte Gschiegl, Director Corporate Communications, Frequentis AG,
brigitte.gschiegl@frequentis.com, +43 1 81150-1301

Stefan Marin, Head of Investor Relations, Frequentis AG,
stefan.marin@frequentis.com, +43 1 81150-1074

Apr 28
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MAKING REALTIME AIRPORTS A REALITY

MAKING REALTIME AIRPORTS A REALITY

Aviation Systems. March 5, 2020

Air travelers around the world accept delays and inefficiencies as part of the airport experience when traveling, particularly around the holiday season – but do they need to be?

L3Harris Technologies worked with UK NATS, the British air traffic services provider, to roll out a unique Demand Capacity Balancer (DCB) digital twin solution to streamline airport operations and ideally, make travel delays a thing of the past. The fully-operational L3Harris DCB solution is unique in the marketplace, as it delivers on what competitors might claim to offer but only L3Harris has rigorous proof of performance: implementation at the busiest airport in Europe, London Heathrow. The L3Harris DCB solution has been in operational use at Heathrow Airport since the summer of 2017 and has enabled airport operators to considerably reduce air and ground delays when compared to conventional air traffic flow management (ATFM) methods.

Using state-of-the-art simulation and analytics, DCB predicts how weather, network congestion, planned airport maintenance work and available airport infrastructure impact the airport´s operation plan. The DCB digital twin solution feeds into Heathrow’s 2nd generation A-CDM portal to create several alternative plans that model and minimize operational impacts with a rolling Airport Operational Plan (AOP). The optimal plan is then selected and shared with airport stakeholders to ensure reduction in air holding and ground delays, and missed connections, all of which ultimately enhance the overall passenger experience.

“Heathrow Airport has been an excellent case study to validate the unique strengths of the DCB solution,” said Gary Dixon, General Manager UK NATS for Heathrow Airport. “In providing an accurate rolling prediction of the airport’s traffic demand and capacity, and integrating local and global weather forecast data, DCB has improved Heathrow Airport’s predictive schedules and helped streamline our air and ground operations.”

DCB unlocks valuable flight prediction data modelled against known Airport capacity and its operational procedures to give airport operations managers radically improved situational awareness concerning likely upcoming “hot spots” for delays and other trouble, such as runways, stand plans, flight connections, immigration, baggage halls, etc.

DCB’s second phase, which supports the future concepts of Target Time of Arrival (TTA), was successfully validated with support from Eurocontrol NMOC, NATS and Heathrow Airport.

Initial validation results were obtained from the pan-European ATM research and development initiative SESAR, which orchestrated Very Large Demonstrations (PJ24) to determine the impacts of the DCB on European air traffic flow. The initial results showed considerable reduction of air traffic and ground operational delay compared to conventional ATFM regulations by as much as 41 percent. Further validations of the L3Harris DCB solution will be done in 2020.

The L3Harris DCB solution meets the European ATM Master Plans for High Performance Airports by provision of a rolling AOP (AOP11) that is in alignment with SESAR (AF2 and AF4) and provides a complete picture to balance aircraft demand and capacity from months in advance until the day of operations.  DCB also enables seamless integration into Network Operation Plan (FCM05) and corresponding APOC related objectives.

“We are confident that the value of DCB will be recognized by all capacity constrained airports around the Globe,” said Frank Koehne, Managing Director, L3Harris Orthogon. “Joining together this valuable new air segment element with the existing ground segment of A-CDM, will enable a step change for the airport operator to influence more intelligent arrivals as opposed to the first come, first served randomness of today’s airport operations. The performance of the DCB solution at Heathrow Airport is an outstanding testament to the benefits that predictive planning based on data analytics can provide to even the busiest of customers.”

Apr 28
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L3HARRIS TECHNOLOGIES’ SOLUTION TO IMPROVE AVIATION EFFICIENCY IN CHILE

L3HARRIS TECHNOLOGIES’ SOLUTION TO IMPROVE AVIATION EFFICIENCY IN CHILE

BREMEN, Germany. January 9, 2020
Highlights:

  • Implements first system of its kind in Latin America
  • ICAO Block 2 conformant solution enhances flexibility and efficiency
  • Project highlights customer’s confidence in Orthogon AMAN/DMAN product

L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) is implementing its first Orthogon Coupled AMAN/DMAN solution for Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC) in Latin America to help enhance aviation flexibility and efficiency in Chile.

The software-based solution optimizes the flow and sequencing of aircraft operating to and from Arturo Merino Benítez (AMB) International Airport in the Santiago TMA and adjacent sectors. The enhanced coupling of arrival and departure flows, aligned with the ICAO Aviation System Block Upgrades Block 2, provides the most flexible and efficient use of airspace and runway resources.

DGAC, AMB Airport and other stakeholders can take advantage of significant efficiency gains due to the software supporting mixed-mode operations as well as A-CDM procedures. Other improvements include a high degree of predictability, situational awareness and a reduced environmental impact. The product interface design allows a seamless integration into DGAC’s existing ATC system infrastructure and offers utmost flexibility to adapt to future DGAC ATC system needs.

The project implementation includes the provision of hardware for the installation of working positions in the ACC and AMB tower as well as positions in the Ocean Area Control Center, Concepción Approach Control Office, Puerto Montt Area Control Center and Iquique Area Control Center.

“The project highlights L3Harris’ leading position in the field of Air Traffic Synchronization Solutions,” said Frank Köhne, Managing Director, Orthogon GmbH, L3Harris. “We look forward to working closely with DGAC during and well beyond the project.”

About L3Harris Technologies
L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across air, land, sea, space and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $17 billion in annual revenue and 50,000 employees, with customers in 130 countries. L3Harris.com.