Company Awarded $21 Million From Boeing For The Program
Rockwell Collins has been awarded a $21 million initial production contract from The Boeing Company to provide high resolution 6-by-8-inch color displays for the fleet of U.S. Air Force B-1 aircraft. The contract is part of the Air Force’s Integrated Battle Station Program. The displays upgrade is one of a series of aircraft upgrades to replace 25-year-old avionics, including monochrome Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) displays, with modern, state-of-the-art Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Display (AMLCD) technology in both the forward and aft cockpits.
“This will be a very significant and much needed leap in cockpit display technology for B-1 aircrews,” said Dave Nieuwsma, vice president and general manager of Airborne Solutions for Rockwell Collins. “By replacing the current monochrome displays with our most advanced AMLCD displays, B-1 operators will experience enhanced situational awareness and reduced pilot workload, resulting in increased flight safety and mission effectiveness.”
Nieuwsma added that this advanced displays contract further extends the long and successful relationship between Boeing and Rockwell Collins on the B-1 program.
Rockwell Collins says the avionics grade AMLCD provides superior optical performance with a wide viewing angle for excellent cross cockpit viewing. The high performance backlight technology enables sunlight readability and provides for night vision goggle compatibility across a broad temperature operating range.