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July 26, 2015

Rockwell Collins to support Boeing’s E-4B programme

Rockwell Collins has received an order from Boeing to upgrade a low-frequency transmission system for the E-4B programme.

By Samseer M

E-4B

Rockwell Collins has received an order from Boeing to upgrade a low-frequency transmission system for the E-4B programme.

Boeing’s E-4B programme is designed to support US command authorities to connect with strategic launch control centres and strike assets during a national emergency.

Rockwell Collins Airborne Solutions vice-president and general manager Troy Brunk said: "This selection continues our heritage of providing the US military with strategic command and control systems.

"We’re continuing our strong relationship with Boeing by providing reliable, survivable and endurable communications between the president and our nation’s nuclear forces."

Work under this contract, which is expected to be completed by September next year, will be carried out at Rockwell Collins’ facility in Richardson, Texas, US.

The National Command Authority will be able to use the E-4B advanced airborne command post as a survivable command post for control of US forces.

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"The National Command Authority will be able to use the E-4B advanced airborne command post as a survivable command post for control of US forces."

Moreover, the E-4B provides VIP travel support and Federal Emergency Management Agency support that will offer communications to relief efforts following natural disasters.

Recently, the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) selected Rockwell’s Intertrade to manage avionics repairs of its fleet of Pilatus PC-7 light trainer aircraft.

Under this contract, the company will be responsible for providing avionics repair chain management services for the fleet.

Meanwhile, Rockwell recently demonstrated the first live, risk-reduction flight with production form, fit, function F/A-18 airborne and ground equipment from the common range integrated instrumentation system (CRIIS).


Image: Boeing E-4 advanced airborne command post aircraft. Photo: courtesy of The Boeing Company.

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