US Air Force to preserve KC-10 avionics upgrade investment through sustainment contract with Rockwell Collins

Maintains Rockwell Collins' participation in future KC-10 avionics integrations while preserving safety, suitability and effectiveness of the aircraft

October 26, 2017 Photo(s): By Rockwell Collins
Rockwell Collins will ensure readiness of avionics on the U.S. Air Force KC-10 aircraft fleet over the next nine years

Rockwell Collins will be an important part of the future of KC-10 avionics with a recent award from the U.S. Air Force Lifecycle Management Center (AFLCMC) at Wright Patterson Air Force base. The contract provides maintenance and sustainment of KC-10 avionics systems and engineering services over the next nine years.

Having recently completed the full Communications, Navigation, Surveillance and Air Traffic Management Systems (CNS/ATM) upgrade for the 59 aircraft KC-10 fleet, Rockwell Collins will now also be providing ongoing engineering support for the KC-10 Flight2™ integrated avionics system.

"This agreement establishes an efficient path for the Air Force to keep KC-10 avionics updated as defense requirements and operations continue to change," said Dave Schreck, vice president and general manager of Airborne Solutions for Rockwell Collins. "As a key provider for avionics support on the KC-10, we'll be able to help reduce costs associated with keeping these aircraft operational and mission capable."

As a leader in CNS/ATM upgrades for mobility aircraft, Rockwell Collins has completed over 800 avionics flight deck modifications to meet the mandate. This expertise spans the globe and includes over 190 upgrades on C-130 aircraft.