Boeing selects Collins Aerospace to make B-52 electric power system

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Boeing has chosen Rockford’s Collins Aerospace to manufacture a new electric power system for the U.S. Air Force’s B-52 bomber.

“Collins Aerospace is a leading provider of electric power systems for military platforms and the supplier of choice for virtually all U.S. Air Force aircraft,” said Stan Kottke, vice president, Electric Power Systems for Collins Aerospace. “Our new EPGS for the B-52 will leverage proven commercial technology to support greener aircraft operation while also paving the way for future platform enhancements that will extend the operational service life of the Stratofortress for decades to come.”

The new EPGS will include eight generators per aircraft providing the added redundancy in onboard electrical power necessary to support future B-52 modernization upgrades including radar, avionics and mission systems.

“This based on the technology that took Sunstrand from a tooling division into the aerospace market over 70 years ago and, so, we’ve refined and perfected that technology over this last 70 years and now we’re able to reapply it onto this platform and keep this platform flying for 100 years,” said Eric Cunningham, Executive Director of Military Programs at Collins Aerospace. “That’s a huge source of pride and excitement for us here.”

Collins expects to create more than 60 jobs to support the program at its Electric Power Systems Center of Excellence in Rockford.

In addition, Collins has been selected to provide new wheels and brakes for the B-52.

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