The US Air Force has awarded Rockwell Collins a contract to develop the Common Range Integrated Instrumentation System (CRIIS), a next-generation military test range system.

Under the $140m contract, Rockwell will develop the CRIIS, which will replace the Advanced Range Data System currently in use at major US military test ranges.

The CRIIS programme is aimed to provide time, space and position information (TSPI) as well as system test data.

It will support weapon system testing for a variety of platforms including advanced aircraft, ships, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles, ground vehicles and dismounted soldiers.