|A University of Iowa Operator Performance Laboratory L-29 jet (pictured here) participated in recent flight tests for the Common Range Integrated Instrumentation System at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Photo: Courtesy Source Media Group
[Avionics Today 10-22-2015] Rockwell Collins has announced it has completed contractor test and evaluation flights at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., for the Common Range Integrated Instrumentation System (CRIIS). The flights took place during the first week of September, according to the company.
In cooperation with the CRIIS System Program Office (SPO), contractors and the University of Iowa Operator Performance Laboratory (OPL), 13 test flights were conducted using an L-29 from the University of Iowa OPL. All flights performed as expected, save one, which was scrubbed due to bad weather.
The CRIIS program fulfills critical Department of Defense (DOD) requirements to provide Time, Space, Position Information (TSPI) and additional platform test data, while employing a more robust, spectrally efficient data link, including Multiple Independent Levels of Security (MILS). The MILS encryption recently completed certification on the program, and is capable of simultaneously protecting four levels of data flowing between aircraft and ground components.
“The tests were an end-to-end validation of the complete CRIIS system using production-representative hardware and software. This testing validated that the next generation of secure, common test and training instrumentation is mature,” said Tommy Dodson, vice president and general manager of surface solutions for Rockwell Collins.