CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa. Rockwell Collins won a follow-on contract to service and support up to 1,910 units of its Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS) on the U.S. Army CH-47F Chinook helicopter fleet by 2021.
Using developed test equipment and OEM repair parts, Rockwell Collins’ trained and experienced technicians in the company’s Atlanta Service Center provide cost-effective repairs, which shortens repair turnaround time and maximizes helicopter operation, officials say.
“CAAS continues to enable Army aviation to safely perform highly demanding missions worldwide,” says Thierry Tosi, vice president and general manager, Service Solutions for Rockwell Collins. “With this service contract, we’re providing lifetime value to the U.S. Army by sustaining and supporting these mission-critical avionics. Supporting this contract keeps CH-47F helicopters flying so soldiers can accomplish their missions.”
Originally fielded on the CH-47F aircraft in 2007, Rockwell Collins’ CAAS integrates multiple communications, navigation, and mission subsystems through its Flight2 system. The CAAS solution uses common, reusable processing elements in each piece of hardware and incorporates an open systems architecture based on commercial standards. The commonality of hardware components is designed to provide lower total life cycle cost and reduce expenditures for technology insertion and supportability.
Initially developed for the Special Operations Forces' MH-47 and MH-60 helicopter fleets, Rockwell Collins' CAAS solution has also been selected by U.S. forces for the MH-60T, MH-65E, VH-60N, and CH-53K, as well as by Chinook helicopter operators in over eight international countries.
Rockwell Collins develops and deploys aviation and high-integrity solutions for commercial and government applications, such as flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, simulation and training, and information management.
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