USAF signs $29.8 million contract for KC-135 audio systems sustainment

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. Tracking-based communications company Orbit Communication Systems has won a contract from the U.S. Air Force for $29.8 million to provide systems sustainment for the for the several thousand ADAS [airborne digital-controlled audio system] units currently installed on USAF KC-135 aircraft.

The audio upgrade, part of a massive USAF project to refurbish its fleet of tankers, calls for the front panels of the audio systems to be made water-resistant for improved operability and reliability under harsh flight conditions.

Work will be performed by Orbit in its Deerfield Beach, Florida, facility; staged delivery of the new systems is expected to begin in 2018 and conclude in 2023.