The US Navy has awarded a contract to Rockwell Collins to upgrade its E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Integrated Training System (HITS).
As part of an initial $26m contract, which has a potential total value of $40m, the enhancements include delivery of an operational flight trainer by subcontractor ASI; upgrade of the tactics trainer; modernising the maintenance trainer; and supplying spares.
Rockwell Collins Simulation & Training Solutions vice-president and general manager LeAnn Ridgeway said: "Our expertise and experience in developing tactics trainers has been a differentiator, resulting in our customer receiving quality and value.
"When customers have complex challenges, we are able to meet those training requirements with fully integrated systems."
Rockwell Collins was earlier selected as the prime contractor to deliver major training systems on the navy’s E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft, which replaced the E-2C.
The company provided the Hawkeye Integrated Training System for Aircrew (HITS-A) and the Hawkeye Integrated Training System for Maintenance (HITS-M).
The company also delivered avionics equipment suite in support of the US Navy C-130T avionics obsolescence upgrade programme, under contract with US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).
Rockwell Collins’ integrated training offerings range from instructional systems design, through to completely integrated training systems and support.
Image: Rockwell Collins will upgrade the US Navy’s E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Integrated Training System (HITS). Photo: courtesy of Rockwell Collins.