Rockwell Collins Wins Contract to Upgrade Air Force Test Ranges

by: Matthew Potter
August 19, 2010

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All of the U.S. services operate test and training ranges. Some of these are joint and allow the interaction of various types of weapon systems as well as troops. The ranges also provide the ability to collect data to support weapon system development as early, complex and frequent testing is a key part of the acquisition process. One important component of the ranges are systems that collect data on the position of the participants as well as data about what is occurring with the weapons.

The U.S. Air Force awarded this week a contract to Rockwell Collins (COL) to begin development and deployment of a new system to support their test ranges. The contract to produce the Common Range Integrated Instrumentation System (CRIIS) is a follow on to two contracts let in 2008 to do risk reduction for this system. Based on those results Rockwell Collins was selected for the next stage in CRIIS.

The new contract is worth about $140 million.

Rockwell Collins will be joined by other companies such as Cubic Defense Applications, Honeywell and ArgonST to carry out the work required to deliver the CRIIS.

As weapon systems and the command and control networks that support them get more complicated more sophisticated and realistic testing must be done. The CRIIS will provide data to support the deployment of new and advanced systems for the U.S. military.

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