Rockwell Collins has received a contract at Farnborough Air Show to provide an avionics upgrade solution for 33 USAF E-3B/C and 17 Nato E-3A airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft.

Boeing has awarded the contract as part of the diminishing manufacturing sources replacement of avionics for global operations and navigation (DRAGON) programme.

Rockwell will carry out design, development, integration and testing of the flight management system suite (FMSS) for the AWACS aircraft.

The FMSS will include an open system architecture that will simplify future upgrades to the aircraft’s capabilities.

The upgrade will provide an integrated avionics system, cockpit controls and displays, a flight management system (FMS), and a suite of communication and navigation equipment.

Boeing will install and integrate the system into the E-3 aircraft.