Collins Aerospace awarded Air Force SAOC subcontract

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Collins Aerospace Air Force subcontract
The SAOC program delivers next-generation of the E-4B National Airborne Operations Center, providing top military leaders with a survivable aircraft to ensure performance of the National Military Command System. CREDIT SIERRA NEVADA COMPANY

Collins Aerospace has been awarded a multi-billion-dollar subcontract as part of a team led by Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) to design, develop and deliver systems and products for a new aircraft under the U.S. Air Force Survivable Airborne Operations Center (SAOC) program.

The new Collins Aerospace Air Force subcontract was announced May 23.

According to, the SAOC program is focused on replacing the aging E-4B National Airborne Operations Center fleet with advanced technology to ensure the continuity of the National Military Command System during crises.

Collins Aerospace’s role encompasses delivering a variety of products drawing from its extensive portfolio, aimed at enhancing the aircraft’s survivability in contested environments.

Under the Air Force subcontract, Collins Aerospace is on contract to deliver multiple products from across the business.

“We’re bringing together systems from across RTX to help the team deliver an advanced, survivable airborne operations center to the U.S. Air Force,” said Conn Doherty, vice president and general manager, Strategic Solutions for Collins Aerospace, in a release. “Our collaboration with SNC leverages the best of our collective engineering and manufacturing expertise. This mission is especially urgent, and our decades of experience designing for contested environments is critical to its success.”

The team will bring together innovation, speed with discipline, advanced engineering and on-cost and accelerated deliveries to recapitalize the costly and aging E-4B fleet with next-generation capabilities.

Collins Aerospace, with about 7,000 employees in Cedar Rapids, is a leader in integrated and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. The company, an RTX subsidiary, is dedicated to delivering future-focused technologies to advance sustainable and connected aviation, passenger safety and comfort, mission success, space exploration, and more.

RTX, with its global headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, has more than 185,000 employees globally through three subsidiaries – Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, and Raytheon.