|University of Iowa Operator Performance Laboratory L-29 jet participated in flight tests that led up to the Production Readiness Review for the Common Range Integrated System program. Photo: Rockwell Collins|
[Avionics Today 05-04-2016] Rockwell Collins has completed the Production Readiness Review (PRR) for Common Range Integrated Instrumentation System (CRIIS), paving the way for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to award Production Lot 1. Rockwell Collins is the prime contractor and systems integrator for the next-generation military test range system that will replace the Advanced Range Data System (ARDS) currently in use at major U.S. military test ranges. CRIIS equipment will support a variety of platforms, including advanced fifth-generation aircraft, and implements the DoD’s vision of common test and training infrastructure for improved operational realism.
Rockwell Collins completed the PRR in cooperation with the Test Resource Management Center (TRMC) and CRIIS System Program Office (SPO) at Eglin Air Force Base. The PRR milestone included a review of Rockwell Collins’ manufacturing readiness status, quality management system and production planning capabilities to assure schedule, performance and cost requirements will be achieved in the upcoming Production phase, which will be performed at Rockwell Collins facilities in Richardson, Texas and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
The CRIIS program fulfills critical DoD requirements to provide Time, Space, Position Information (TSPI), additional platform test data, and employs a more robust, spectrally efficient data link including Multiple Independent Levels of Security (MILS). To further enhance operational test and training instrumentation capabilities, the CRIIS SPO and Rockwell Collins recently signed a five-year, $83 million Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract to support development of alternate configurations and system enhancements.