Rockwell Collins has been subcontracted by Aviation Training Consulting (ATC) to provide modifications to the US Air Force's (USAF) B-52 Stratofortress bomber's training system programme.

Under the contract, Rockwell will develop major system modifications to support new capabilities on-board the B-52 Bomber aircraft.

The contract includes upgrades to the cockpit procedures trainer, electronic warfare simulator, weapons systems trainer, aircrew training devices, and mission trainers.

Rockwell Collins simulation and training solutions vice-president and general manager Nick Gibbs said: “There is great need to keep the training system concurrent with the aircraft to meet emerging threat environments.

“Rockwell Collins will be able to provide support necessary for tactical and strategic operations, all while ensuring top-notch cyber security solutions.”

The contract is expected to ensure the USAF's ability to maintain crew readiness for its bomber strike force.

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The company will perform work at its simulation and training solutions facility in Sterling, Virginia, US, through 2024.

"There is great need to keep the training system concurrent with the aircraft to meet emerging threat environments."

Built by Boeing, the B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range, subsonic, strategic bomber designed to carry and fire standoff weapons and Joint Direct Attack Munitions.

It is the USAF's principal strategic nuclear and conventional weapons platform, and supports the US Navy in anti-surface and submarine warfare missions.

Powered by eight Pratt & Whitney engines TF33-P-3/103 turbofan engines, the aircraft can travel at a maximum speed of 1,000kmph.

Image: A B-52H bomber in flight over the desert. Photo: courtesy of the US Air Force.