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Rockwell Collins to repair and support KC-135 aircraft

17th April 2013 - 16:52 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Rockwell Collins has been awarded contracts by the US Air Force and US Air Force Air National Guard to provide service and support for the KC-135 aircraft and the KC-135 Pacer Compass, Radar and GPS (CRAG) programme.

The first contract from the US Air Force will see the company provide work on an avionics repair package across the fleet of 417 KC-135 aircraft. The package consists of nearly 4,000 line replaceable units. This contract is a one-year base with three one-year options that solely covers the Rockwell Collins Multimode Weather Radar and is a step towards a collaborative, flexible longer-term sustainment solution.

Scott Gunnufson, vice president and general manager of Service Solutions for Rockwell Collins, said of the contract: ‘This historic contract extends our successful relationship with the air force for upgrading and maintaining the KC-135. We are absolutely committed to continuing our track record of on-time, on-budget performance with this programme.’

The second contract from the US Air Force Air National Guard covers a three year, $4.8 million agreement for the service and support of its KC-135 Pacer CRAG avionics equipment. The Pacer CRAG programme will see the KC-135 fleet’s functional life extended to 2040, which is when the airframe is scheduled to be decommissioned. The Pacer CRAG avionics upgrade to the KC-135 fleet is a commercial, off-the-shelf modification programme that eliminates the need for a navigator on most missions.

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