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15 Aug 06. Rockwell Collins, Boeing and Honeywell have signed an agreement to jointly pursue the KC-10 Aircraft Modernization Program (AMP). The KC-10 AMP program calls for upgrading the fleet’s avionics to meet Communications, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) requirements and will also include other airframe related upgrades. Under the terms of the teaming agreement, Rockwell Collins will serve as the prime contractor and will have Total Integration System Performance Responsibility (TISPR). Boeing will be responsible for non-avionics Non-Recurring Engineering (NRE) and installation of the systems, which will be completed at the Boeing facility at Kelly USA in San Antonio, Texas. Honeywell will support the evaluation of upgrade alternatives for the autopilot/autothrottle systems. On July 6, 2006, the United States Air Force’s Aeronautical Systems Center awarded the Rockwell Collins team with a $3.5 million contract for a Concept Refinement Study for KC-10 AMP. Results of the study will provide industry’s perspective on potential acquisition approaches, strategies and diverse technical options for execution of the program. The KC-10 AMP contract award is expected in March 2008.

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