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I/ITSEC 2016: ATC and Rockwell Collins in B-52 win

01st December 2016 - 19:43 by Trevor Nash in Orlando

I/ITSEC 2016: ATC and Rockwell Collins in B-52 win

Aviation Training Consulting (ATC) based in Altus, Oklahoma, and Rockwell Collins as its subcontractor, will provide training systems upgrades to the US Air Force’s B-52 training system it was announced at I/ITSEC. The eight-year contract runs through 2024 and will ensure that the US Air Force can maintain crew readiness for its increasingly important bomber strike force.

The $22.4 million contract was initially signed in April 2016.

Rockwell Collins will support ATC in restoring concurrency to the B-52 training system by developing major system modifications to support new capabilities on board the B-52 aircraft. Major modifications include upgrades to the cockpit procedures trainer, electronic warfare simulator, weapons systems trainer (WST), aircrew training devices and mission trainers.

In addition, the WSTs will be fitted with Rockwell Collins increasingly popular EP 8100 image generator (IG). Nick Gibbs, VP and GM od Rockwell Collins Simulation & Training Solutions group told Shephard that, ‘the EP 8100 [see picture] is our most successful IG ever and it is also backwards compatible with our EP 8000.’

Gibbs has recently replaced LeAnn Ridgeway who has moved to take over the recently acquired BE Aerospace.

‘There is great need to keep the training system concurrent with the aircraft to meet emerging threat environments,’ said Gibbs. ‘Rockwell Collins will be able to provide support necessary for tactical and strategic operations, all while ensuring top-notch cyber security solutions.’

Speaking to Shephard on wider issues, Gibbs said that, ‘the [training & simulation] market is very firm at the moment, both home and overseas, and our future growth will build on last year’s results which were higher than expected.’

For more from I/ITSEC 2016, see our dedicated news page

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