Rockwell Collins has been awarded a contract to provide systems integration and avionics for the US Air Force KC-10 communication, navigation, surveillance (CNS) and air traffic management (ATM) cockpit modernisation programme.

Under the $160m contract, Rockwell Collins will deliver the flight management system, displays, data link communications and surveillance capabilities over the programme lifespan.

Rockwell Collins Mobility and Rotary Wing Solutions vice-president and general manager Dave Nieuwsma said the programme provides technology that ensures the KC-10 meets current and future CNS/ATM requirements.

“These new capabilities will allow the aircraft to arrive at its destination quicker, enhancing mission effectiveness while saving fuel,” he added.

Designed primarily for aerial refuelling, the KC-10 aircraft can work both as a tanker and cargo aircraft by refuelling fighters and simultaneously carrying fighter support personnel and equipment on overseas deployments.