Rockwell Collins to upgrade CAAS on US Army’s CH-47F Chinook fleet

9 November 2018 (Last Updated January 21st, 2020 08:16)

The US Army has awarded a contract to Rockwell Collins to support operational readiness of the service’s CH-47F Chinook helicopter avionics.

Rockwell Collins to upgrade CAAS on US Army’s CH-47F Chinook fleet
Rockwell Collins will upgrade CAAS on the US Army CH-47F Chinook helicopters. Credit: © Rockwell Collins.

The US Army has awarded a contract to Rockwell Collins to support operational readiness of the service’s CH-47F Chinook helicopter avionics.

Under the deal, the company will deliver current component modifications and additional repair capabilities for the common avionics architecture systems (CAAS) on board the aircraft fleet.

The five-year contract has been awarded by the US Army Aviation and Missile Command Logistics Center.

Rockwell Collins rotary wing services principal programme manager Rod Hall said: “With this contract, we’re able to upgrade the first generation of CAAS hardware at substantial cost savings to the army.

“Additionally, by including repair capabilities for the latest configuration of CAAS hardware, we’re able to expand the breadth of support provided, which increases the functionality to end users.”

Developed by Rockwell Collins, the CAAS solution is adopted by the US Army as the standard for CH-47F cockpit avionics.

“Currently installed on more than 500 aircraft across the globe, CAAS provide flight crew members with enhanced combat-proven situational awareness during missions.”

The avionics system integrates multiple communications, navigation and mission subsystems through its flexible Flight2 open systems architecture design.

Currently installed on more than 500 aircraft across the globe, CAAS provide flight crew members with enhanced combat-proven situational awareness during missions.

Built by Boeing, the CH-47F Chinook medium military transport helicopter can be deployed to transport troops, war supplies and battlefield equipment, as well as medical evacuation, search and rescue, aircraft recovery, and parachute drop operations.

Last year, Rockwell Collins secured a five-year, $37.4bn multiple-award contract to deliver its ARINC knowledge-based support services for the US Army’s command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) Responsive Strategic Sourcing for Services contract.