Rockwell Collins has been awarded two contracts by the US Air Force for service and support on the KC-135 Pacer Compass, Radar, and GPS (CRAG) program. These contracts combine to cover the repair of nearly 4000 line-replaceable units (LRUs) across the fleet of 417 KC-135 aircraft, and represent one of the largest repair contracts in terms of volume in the 80-year history of Rockwell Collins. The contract has a one-year base with three one-year options covering the Rockwell Collins Multimode Weather Radar, moving toward a collaborative, flexible, longer-term sustainment solution.
Scott Gunnufson, Vice President and General Manager of Service Solutions for Rockwell Collins, notes: “This historic contract extends our successful relationship with the Air Force for upgrading and maintaining the KC-135.” He adds: “We are absolutely committed to continuing our track record of on-time, on-budget performance with this program.”
Additionally, Rockwell Collins was awarded a three-year, $4.8-million contract by the US Air Force Air National Guard for service and support of the KC-135 Pacer CRAG program. The Pacer CRAG program represents the Air Force’s commitment to modernizing the KC-135 fleet to extend its functional life to 2040, which is when the airframe is scheduled to be decommissioned. The Pacer CRAG avionics upgrade to the KC-135 fleet is a commercial, off-the-shelf modification program that eliminates the need for a navigator on most missions.
Rockwell Collins was selected in 1995 as the prime contractor on the Pacer CRAG program to upgrade the KC-135 with compass, radar, and GPS technology. Subsequently,in 1999, the company was selected as the prime contractor for the KC-135 Global Air Traffic Management (GATM) program, which enabled the aircraft to meet airspace mandates while addressing critical obsolescence issues. The Rockwell Collins KC-135 GATM system is fielded and operational, with 417 aircraft delivered on time and on budget, meeting 100% of the program’s documented systems requirements.