Cedar Rapids-based military contractor Rockwell Collins says it has been awarded a $295 million contract to update communications systems for U.S. Navy aircraft.
Initially, Rockwell Collins will upgrade communications equipment on three Navy E-6B planes under a $54 million contract. The planes are used to convey orders from the president, secretary of defense, and other top commanders to Navy fleets.
The contract includes an option for upgrades on 11 planes for an additional $241 million.
The company says the upgrade includes expanded capability to move data to and from the aircraft and a new secure network for message processing, radio control and monitoring.
The company says the contract signifies the continuation of a 40-year relationship supporting the Navy and the U.S. Strategic Command Airborne Command Post missions.