US DoD selects Rockwell Collins to modernise military test ranges

10 August 2016 (Last Updated August 10th, 2016 18:30)

Rockwell Collins has been selected by the US Department of Defense (DoD) to modernise test ranges for the US military.

Rockwell Collins has been selected by the US Department of Defense (DoD) to modernise test ranges for the US military.

Under the $31m contract, Rockwell will produce common range integrated instrumentation system (CRIIS) to replace the advanced range data system (ARDS) currently in service at major US Army, Air Force and Navy test ranges.

The contract covers the supply of 180 ground and airborne subsystems to seven DoD test ranges, as well as initial spares  for system support.

The company will also support site activation with production hardware at NAS Patuxent River, Eglin Air Force Base (AFB), Edwards AFB and White Sands Missile Range.

The CRIIS equipment will support the F-35 and F-22 platforms for improved operational realism.

"CRIIS provides much needed technology to modernise our US military test ranges and extends air combat training to be more operationally realistic as well."

Rockwell Collins communication, navigation and electronic warfare solutions vice-president and general manager Mike Jones said: “The key technologies of multi-level security, high throughput datalink networking, and precision GPS-based positioning make the system ready for the F-35, so moving into production makes CRIIS real for test and training instrumentation users.

“It provides much needed technology to modernise our US military test ranges and extends air combat training to be more operationally realistic as well.”

Production under the contract will be carried out at the company's facilities in Richardson, Texas and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, US.

The CRIIS programme fulfils DoD requirements to provide time, space, position information (TSPI), as well as additional platform test data.

It will also employ more robust, spectrally efficient data links with multiple independent levels of security (MILS), the company said in a statement.


Image: CRIIS equipment will support a variety of platforms, including the F-35 and F-22. Photo: courtesy of Rockwell Collins.