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Collins Aerospace has completed modernisation of the US Navy’s E-6B fleet, part of the service’s Airborne Command Post and Take Charge and Move Out (ABNCP/TACAMO) assets, the company announced on 7 December.

The upgraded aircraft features a new command and control battlestaff, communications central control, multi-enclave voice/data/video distribution system, and an IP Bandwidth Expansion (IPBE) digital backbone. Collins Aerospace acted as the mission system integrator, designing, developing, producing, installing, and qualifying the mission system recapitalisation.

As a result of this upgrade, crews have a modern, multi-enclave mission system that provides a full picture of their operating environment," commented Heather Robertson, VP/General Manager, Integrated Solutions, Mission Systems.

As part of the ABNCP mission, the E-6B is an airborne command post and communications relay for US nuclear forces. For the TACAMO mission, it provides the survivable communications link to US submarine forces, using Collins Aerospace’s VLF terminal.

Collins Aerospace has completed a capability-enhancing modernisation of the USN fleet of E-6B ABNCP/TACAMO aircraft. (Photo: Collins Aerospace)

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