Boeing has received a $216 million contract from the U.S. Air
Force to upgrade the service's 59-jet KC-10 (file photo,
right) tanker fleet with a new communication, navigation,
surveillance and air traffic management (CNS/ATM) system,the
company announced Wednesday.
The KC-10 upgrade will enable the fleet to comply with the
forecast 2015 CNS/ATM Federal Aviation Administration/International
Civil Aviation Organization standards, which allow shared access
within both civil and military airspace, enabling tanker refueling
"As air traffic continues to increase, modern CNS/ATM systems
become essential for communicating precise flight data and
obtaining the most direct routing," said Mike Harris, Boeing vice
president of Weapon Systems Modernization. "This upgrade is
critical to the Air Force for pilots' safety, mission effectiveness
and lower operational costs."
The five-year contract draws on design and development work
performed by Boeing Defense, Space & Security and Boeing
Commercial Airplanes. The contract will be managed at the Boeing
Long Beach, Calif., facility. The first airplane will be modified
and flight-tested in 2012 at the company's San Antonio facility.
Boeing will complete and deliver the final KC-10 modification in