USAF KC-10 cockpit upgrade programme completed
Rockwell Collins has completed the cockpit upgrade of the 59th and final US Air Force (USAF) KC-10 aircraft with its Flight2 integrated avionics system, the company announced on 29 June.
The upgrade programme was part of a six-year contract to bring the USAF KC-10 fleet into compliance with new Communications, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management mandates for accessing global airspace.
The KC-10 aircraft is a tanker and cargo aircraft designed to provide increased global mobility for the US armed forces. Although the aircraft's primary mission is aerial refuelling, it can combine the tasks of a tanker and cargo aircraft by refuelling fighters and simultaneously carrying fighter support personnel and equipment on overseas deployments.
During the KC-10 upgrade programme, Rockwell Collins performed flights tests for the USAF with reserve KC-10 pilots and contract crews, while maintaining the required FAA and military aircraft certifications.
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