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Air Force awards Rockwell Collins $140 million contract for next-generation military test range infrastructure


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The U.S. Air Force has selected Rockwell Collins as the prime contractor to develop, integrate and deliver the Common Range Integrated Instrumentation System (CRIIS), a next-generation military test range system. The initial contract is valued at $140 million. With options, the contract is valued at more than $300 million.

The CRIIS program will replace the Advanced Range Data System currently in use at major U.S. military test ranges. The program fulfills a critical Department of Defense (DoD) requirement to provide Time, Space, and Position Information (TSPI) and system test data to support weapon system testing for a variety of platforms, including advanced aircraft, ships, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles, ground vehicles and dismounted soldiers.

“Rockwell Collins’ proven technology, coupled with our open systems approach, enables the Air Force to deliver a low-risk solution for military test ranges today and for the coming decades,” said Ron Hornish, vice president and general manager of Precision Strike Solutions for Rockwell Collins. “Ultimately, this approach gives the military the ability to more effectively test and evaluate system performance, so that those next generation systems can be deployed to the field more rapidly and with a high degree of confidence.”

Rockwell Collins was one of two companies awarded phase I risk reduction contracts in 2008. Phase I - which was completed in June 2010 - required contractors to demonstrate technology that delivers enhanced TSPI, data links and encryption technology. The Rockwell Collins team includes Cubic Defense Applications, Honeywell and ArgonST.

This press release contains statements that are forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to U.S. Air Force spending and budgetary policies; potential cancellation or amendments of awards or orders by the U.S. Air Force; challenges in the design, development and production of advanced technologies; and competitive product and pricing pressures; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in the Rockwell Collins Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including without limitation the Rockwell Collins Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2010 and its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended June 30, 2010 and September 30, 2010. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof.

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