Collins aerospace has been awarded a five-year contract with the US Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) logistics center to upgrade and repair components of the CH-47F Chinook helicopter fleet for the land forces. This contract also includes the update of the additional component repair capabilities of the Common Avionics Architecture Systems (CAAS). “With this contract, we are able to upgrade the first generation of CAAS hardware at a substantial cost to the Army,” said Rod Hall, Senior Program Manager for Collins aerospace, adding that, while “The contract includes repair capabilities for the latest CAAS hardware configuration, it will also allow Collins aerospace to expand the scope of support provided and increase functionality for end users.” Adopted by the US Army as a standard for CH-47F cockpit avionics, the CAAS provides flight crews with combat-proven situational awareness. The system integrates multiple communication, navigation and mission subsystems through its Flight2 open systems architecture and is currently used on more than 500 aircraft worldwide.