Rockwell Collins completes final cockpit upgrade for US Air Force KC-10 tanker aircraft fleet

June 29, 2017 Photo(s): By Rockwell Collins
  • Provides worldwide Communications, Navigation, Surveillance and Air Traffic Management Systems (CNS/ATM) compliance for unrestricted operation in commercial airspace
  • Adds to more than 800 CNS/ATM upgrades by Rockwell Collins for Air Force aircraft that include the C-130, KC-135 and E-3 AWACS
Rockwell Collins' Flight2™ avionics system brings the Air Force KC-10 tanker fleet into compliance with the new CNS/ATM mandates for accessing global airspace

Rockwell Collins has completed the 59th and final US Air Force KC-10 cockpit upgrade with its Flight2™ integrated avionics system. The upgrade was part of a six-year contract to bring the Air Force KC-10 fleet into compliance with new CNS/ATM mandates for accessing global airspace.

"With our new avionics onboard, KC-10 pilots enjoy situational awareness and communications improvements as well as more direct routing and reduced fuel consumption," said Dave Schreck, vice president and general manager of Airborne Solutions at Rockwell Collins. "The completion of this program adds to our long history of successful, low-risk CNS/ATM upgrades to keep Air Force aircraft in service longer."

Over the course of the KC-10 upgrade program, Rockwell Collins maintained the required FAA and military aircraft certifications and performed flights tests for the Air Force with reserve KC-10 pilots and contract crews. As the prime contractor, the company performed dual certification and flight testing to reduce costs and improve scheduling time.