Rockwell Collins to upgrade B-1 Lancer training system

Rockwell Collins has been selected by Aero Simulation, Inc. to provide modifications to the B-1 Lancer training system for the U.S. Air Force. Rockwell Collins will execute concurrency, obsolescence, and cybersecurity upgrades to the five current training systems including the Weapon Systems Trainer, Mission Trainer, Cockpit Procedures Trainer and two maintenance trainers. The enhancements will be made to align the training systems with the current configuration of the B-1 aircraft.

Rockwell Collins to upgrade B 1 Lancer training system A B-1B Lancer aircraft from the 34th Bomb Squadron departs from Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, April 8, 2017
(Credit: U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

This modification will ensure the Air Force has the tools it needs to keep pilots and crews mission ready and operating at high levels of competency with the latest technology installed on the B-1,” said Nick Gibbs, vice president and general manager of Simulation and Training Solutions for Rockwell Collins.

Rockwell Collins has more than 15 years of experience in providing broad-scope, complex simulation and training systems. A few key platforms include the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, B-52 Stratofortress, E-6B Mercury and the E-8C Joint STARS.

The backbone of America's long-range bomber force, the B-1B was first used in combat in support of operations against Iraq during Operation Desert Fox in December 1998. The B-1B is a revised B-1 design with reduced radar signature and a top speed of Mach 1.25. A total of 100 B-1Bs were produced, of which 62 are still in active service with the US Air Force.