L-3 Communications has awarded Rockwell Collins a repair chain management contract to support the repair of over 500 parts for the U.S. Air Force on 59 KC-10 aircraft. Rockwell Collins will manage 4,000 repairs annually in partnership with Intertrade, a Rockwell Collins company.
“Rockwell Collins and Intertrade encompass a trusted source of components and repair chain solutions, and an established track record as key service providers for repair chain management,” said Thierry Tosi, vice president and general manager, Service Solutions.
As part of the contract, Rockwell Collins and Intertrade will provide logistics support through a distribution center in Memphis, Tennessee. This program, with a required quick repair turnaround time, is imperative to sustain mission critical operations of the KC-10 aircraft.
Rockwell Collins has completed the 59th and final U.S. Air Force KC-10 cockpit upgrade with its Flight2 integrated avionics system. The upgrade was part of a six-year contract to bring the Air Force KC-10 fleet into compliance with new CNS/ATM mandates for accessing global airspace.
“With our new avionics onboard, KC-10 pilots enjoy situational awareness and communications improvements as well as more direct routing and reduced fuel consumption,” said Dave Schreck, vice president and general manager of Airborne Solutions at Rockwell Collins. “The completion of this program adds to our long history of successful, low-risk CNS/ATM upgrades to keep Air Force aircraft in service longer.”
Over the course of the KC-10 upgrade program, Rockwell Collins maintained the required FAA and military aircraft certifications and performed flights tests for the Air Force with reserve KC-10 pilots and contract crews. As the prime contractor, the company performed dual certification and flight testing to reduce costs and improve scheduling time.