Rockwell Collins Receives Large U.S. Air Force Contracts

By George Ford, Reporter

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The U.S. Air Force has awarded Rockwell Collins two contracts, including one of the largest repair contracts in terms of volume in the 80-year history of the Cedar Rapids company.

The avionics repair package consists of nearly 4,000 line replaceable units across the fleet of 417 KC-135 aircraft. The one-year base contract has three one-year options that covers Rockwell Collins' Multimode Weather Radar and is a step towards a collaborative, flexible longer-term agreement.

"This historic contract extends our successful relationship with the U.S. Air Force for upgrading and maintaining the KC-135," said Scott Gunnufson, vice president and general manager of service solutions for Rockwell Collins.

Rockwell Collins also has been awarded a three-year, $4.8 million contract by the U.S. Air Force Air National Guard for service and support of its KC-135 Pacer CRAG avionics equipment. The Pacer CRAG program represents the U.S. Air Force’s commitment to modernizing the KC-135 fleet to extend its functional life to 2040, when the KC-135 is scheduled to be decommissioned.

The Pacer CRAG avionics upgrade to the KC-135 fleet is a commercial, off-the-shelf modification program that eliminates the need for a navigator on most missions.

Rockwell Collins was selected in 1995 as the prime contractor for the Pacer CRAG program to upgrade the KC-135 with compass, radar and global positioning system GPS technology.

In 1999, Rockwell Collins was named the prime contractor for the KC-135 Global Air Traffic Management (GATM) program. The KC-135 GATM system is operational, with 417 aircraft delivered on time and on budget, meeting 100 percent of the program’s systems requirements.

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