Rockwell Collins to Upgrade AWACS

By Tish Drake | July 20, 2010
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Rockwell Collins has been selected by Boeing to provide an avionics upgrade for 33 U.S. Air Force E-3B/C and 17 NATO E-3A Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS) aircraft to meet current and future Communication, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) airspace requirements.

The announcement was made Monday at the Farnborough Airshow outside London.

The initial contract for the engineering and manufacturing development phase includes design, development, integration and testing of the Flight Management System Suite for the AWACS aircraft. Boeing will install and integrate the system into the E-3. The upgrade provides an integrated avionics system, including cockpit controls and displays, Flight Management System and a suite of communication and navigation equipment.

"The Air Force and NATO operate the largest AWACS fleets in the world. After completion of the development program and fleet upgrades their pilots will benefit from having the most advanced avionics to help them accomplish their missions," said Dave Nieuwsma, vice president and general manager of Mobility and Rotary Wing Solutions for Rockwell Collins. "Rockwell Collins has consistently delivered on our promises to our customers and we look forward to doing the same for this program."

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