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Rockwell Collins completes final cockpit upgrade for U.S. Air Force KC-10 tanker aircraft fleet

29 June 2017

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

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (June 29, 2017) Rockwell Collins has completed the 59th and final U.S. 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.

More about Rockwell Collins extensive CNS/ATM upgrade experience can be found here.

About Rockwell Collins

Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) is a leader in aviation and high-integrity solutions for commercial and military customers around the world. Every day we help pilots safely and reliably navigate to the far corners of the earth; keep warfighters aware and informed in battle; deliver millions of messages for airlines and airports; and help passengers stay connected and comfortable throughout their journey. As experts in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, cabin interiors, information management, mission communications, and simulation and training, we offer a comprehensive portfolio of products and services that can transform our customers futures. To find out more, please visit www.rockwellcollins.com.

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