Rockwell Collins selected to provide communications for E-4B program

E-4B aircraft 112The Boeing Company of Chicago, IL has selected Rockwell Collins of Cedar Rapids, IA to upgrade a low-frequency transmission system for the E-4B program, which connects U.S. command authorities to strategic launch control centers and strike assets during a national emergency.

The work will be performed at Rockwell Collins’ Richardson, Texas, facility and is expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2016, the company announced July 23.

“This selection continues our heritage of providing the U.S. military with strategic command and control systems,” said Troy Brunk, vice president and general manager, Airborne Solutions for Rockwell Collins. “We’re continuing our strong relationship with Boeing by providing reliable, survivable and endurable communications between the President and our nation’s nuclear forces.”

The E-4B Advanced Airborne Command Post is designed to be used by the National Command Authority as a survivable command post for control of U.S. forces in all levels of conflict, including nuclear war. In addition to its primary mission, secondary missions assigned to the E-4B include VIP travel support and Federal Emergency Management Agency support, which provides communications to relief efforts following natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes.

Source: Rockwell Collins