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Collins Wins First US Navy E-XX Contract

VLF Comms Risk-Reduction Work Targets SWaP-C Requirements

Collins Aerospace has announced it has been awarded the first contract “in a series” for the US Navy’s E-6B Recapitalization Program, E-XX.

The work, which falls under the umbrella of the TACAMO (Take Charge and Move Out) survivable nuclear communications programme, will involve the company carrying out developmental design and risk reduction engineering for airborne VLF communications system modernisation. The project will look to meet size, weight, power and cost reduction requirements ahead of integrating the VLF system onto a C-130J-30 aircraft. Three of these are being used as test platforms as the E-XX project looks to replace the E-6 fleet.

This sole-source award underscores the recognized technical expertise that Collins brings to the TACAMO community,” Heather Robertson, VP/GM of Collins Aerospace’s integrated solutions division, stated. “As we are seeing the accelerated need for command, control and communication capabilities, our DoD partners can rely on Collins to deliver ready-now, comprehensive, integrated and durable solutions.”


The E-XX programme will eventually produce a replacement for the Boeing E-6B Mercury fleet. (Collins Aerospace)

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