Collins Aerospace to enhance CRIIS software and operator consoles for Air Force, Navy and Army test ranges

  • Updates for the Common Range Integrated Instrumentation System to reduce life-cycle sustainment costs while improving system security
  • Streamlines operator workload and improves integration of third-party applications

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Aug. 8, 2019) – Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), has been awarded multiple task orders totaling more than $7.6 million to update computer operating systems (OS) and operator consoles of the Common Range Integrated Instrumentation System (CRIIS) for U.S. Air Force, Navy and Army test ranges. This effort resolves OS obsolescence, improves system security and incorporates lessons learned to enhance system operator workflow.

CRIIS is replacing legacy Department of Defense (DoD) test range systems including Advanced Range Data System (ARDS) and Air-to-Air Range Infrastructure (AARI) systems in use at major U.S. military ranges. The system supports the DoD’s vision of a common test and training infrastructure for improved operational realism by providing:

  • Accurate time, space and position information under highly-dynamic aircraft conditions with an extended area control of air, land and sea participants
  • Real-time tracking of air exercise participants up to approximately 430 nautical miles
  • Open architecture design to support range flexibility
  • Multiple Independent Levels of Security (MILS) architecture
  • Standardization of interface protocols including Test and Training Enabling Architecture (TENA)
  • Software-defined radio for waveform and frequency agility
  • Support for synthetic threats and forces

Collins Aerospace’s CRIIS includes operator consoles for mission setup, datalink network control, real-time evaluation, post-mission data analysis and system maintenance. With the new updates, a single, common operating system configuration for all system computers will be in place to greatly reduce the life-cycle cost to perform updates over time.

“By updating the user interface consoles, we’re able to streamline operator’s workload for all phases that lead to easier pre-mission setup and improved user experience during real-time operations,'' said Brad Haselhorst, vice president and general manager, Training and Mission Solutions for Collins Aerospace.

In addition to the traditional data collection capability of an instrumentation system, CRIIS includes the ability to uplink and downlink ground and aircraft data. This enables seamless interaction between live and synthetic participants for highly-realistic test or training missions.

About Collins Aerospace

Collins Aerospace, a unit of Raytheon Technologies Corp., is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Collins Aerospace has the extensive capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and broad expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market. For more information, visit CollinsAerospace.com.

About Raytheon Technologies

Raytheon Technologies Corporation is an aerospace and defense company that provides advanced systems and services for commercial, military and government customers worldwide. With 195,000 employees and four industry-leading businesses ― Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Raytheon Missiles & Defense ― the company delivers solutions that push the boundaries in avionics, cybersecurity, directed energy, electric propulsion, hypersonics, and quantum physics. The company, formed in 2020 through the combination of Raytheon Company and the United Technologies Corporation aerospace businesses, is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

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