KC-135 tanker fleet support contract won by Rockwell Collins

ORLANDO, Fla. U.S. Air Force officials selected Rockwell Collins for multiple repair contracts to support Global Air Traffic Management (GATM) components on the entire KC-135 tanker fleet. These contracts, valued at approximately $27 million over the next five years, will keep the aircraft flying and in compliance with Communication, Navigation, Surveillance and Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) mandates.

The contract expands ’ existing footprint on the KC-135, which currently provides support for the integrated system and communications equipment on the platform.

The GATM upgrade program was originally awarded to Rockwell Collins by the Air Force in 1999 to replace outdated avionics equipment that wasn’t capable of meeting new CNS/ATM mandates. GATM components included the integration of a new flight management system, new inertial navigation units, military flight planning with tanker-unique patterns, integration to the existing autopilot, full CNS/ATM capability for Required Navigation Performance (RNP), Area Navigation (RNAV), Control Pilot Communications (CPDLC) and Air Operations Center (AOC) functionality.