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Senior Leadership Airborne Communications Program: Keeping US Officials Plugged In

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“Air Force Two”They try harder(click to view full) The USAF is looking to help Vice President Biden communicate better. Now, that’s quite a challenge. It’s not just the vice president, but many top level US officials, including Pentagon chief Gates, Secretary of State Clinton, the First Lady, as well as members of the Cabinet and Congress. The Senior Leadership C3 System – Airborne Communications program is upgrading the communications systems onboard 20 VIP specialty aircraft that fly top US officials around the world. Currently, each type of VIP aircraft comes with its own unique communications suite. Through the VIP communications upgrade program, the USAF is procuring a standard communications architecture for all of the aircraft in the fleet. C-20, ready(click to view full) To put the program into action, Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts recently awarded a $208.9 million contract to Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, IA, to provide a standardized voice, data, and video systems for the VIP fleet. The VIP fleet consists of the following aircraft types: * C-20: the B version is a modified Gulfstream III twin-engine turbofan aircraft; the H version is a modified Gulfstream IV; * C-37A: modified version of the high-altitude, intercontinental Gulfstream […]

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