Rockwell Collins

United States: Rockwell Collins is part of the Minuteman Modernisation Programme upgrade for the US nuclear missile capability.

Company Profile

Company profile

Rockwell Collins, based in the United States, provides design, production and support solutions for customers in the aerospace and military sector, such as cockpit electronics, communications, information management and simulation and training.1

During the financial year that ended 30 September 2013, Rockwell Collins reported revenues of US$ 4.6 billion (€ 3.4 billion), resulting in an operating profit of US$ 880 million (€ 661 million) and a net profit of US$ 632 million (€ 467 million).2

Contact Information

Website: Twitter: Facebook: @RockwellCollins

Nuclear Weapons

Nuclear weapons

In 2006, the US Air Force awarded a technology development contract of unknown duration to Rockwell Collins for the Minuteman Modernization Program Upgrade (MMP Upgrade). The company was selected to improve the satellite communications capacity of the Minuteman Launch Control Centers. The upgrade ensures that all Minuteman units receive Emergency Action Messages from the National Command Authority under all circumstances.3


The following financial institutions have made approximately 6389 million USD available to Rockwell Collins since January 2011.

  • Affiliated Managers Group
  • Allstate Corporation
  • American Century Companies
  • American Family Mutual Insurance
  • American International Group
  • American United Mutual Insurance
  • Ameritas Mutual
  • Artisan Partners
  • Atlanta Life Financial
  • Aviva
  • AXA
  • Bank of New York Mellon
  • Bessemer
  • BlackRock
  • Boston Private Financial
  • Capital Group

  • D.E. Shaw & Co.
  • Epoch Investment Partners
  • Farallon Capital Management
  • First Manhattan
  • General Electric
  • Geode Capital Management
  • Guggenheim Capital
  • Hartford Financial Services
  • ING Group
  • Intesa Sanpaolo
  • Janus Capital Group
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Lincoln National Corporation
  • Madison Investment

  • National Life Group
  • New York Life Insurance Company
  • Northern Trust
  • Norwegian Government Pension Fund – Global
  • Power Financial Corporation
  • Principal Financial
  • Protective Life Corp
  • Prudential Financial
  • StanCorp Financial
  • State Farm
  • State Street
  • The Travelers Companies
  • ValueAct Holdings
  • Vanguard
  • White Mountains Insurance


  1. Rockwell Collins, “Our company”, Website Rockwell Collins (, viewed May 2014. 

  2. Rockwell Collins, “Annual Report 2013”, Rockwell Collins, 12 November 2013. 

  3. Rockwell Collins, “Rockwell Collins selected for Minuteman upgrade program”, News Release Rockwell Collins (, 11 December 2006. 

Top 20 Producers

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In some nuclear-armed states – in particular the United States, the United Kingdom and France – private companies are hired by governments to carry out work on maintaining and modernising nuclear arsenals.

This report looks at the top 20 companies that are providing the necessary components to develop, test, maintain and modernise nuclear weapons.The contracts these companies have with nuclear armed countries are for materials and services to keep nuclear weapons in their arsenals. The companies described are substantially involved in the nuclear weapons programmes of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, or India and are themselves based in France, India, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States. More information on other companies involved in nuclear arsenals, not listed in the top 20, can be found here.

In other nuclear-armed countries –Russia, China, Pakistan and North Korea – the maintenance and modernization of nuclear forces is carried out primarily or exclusively by government agencies.


The nuclear weapon producers identified were selected on the basis of a predetermined set of criteria.
– Information on investments is publicly available.
– The company is directly involved in the development, testing, production, maintenance or trade of nuclear weapons related technology, parts, products or services.
– The company’s involvement is related to warheads, or to delivery systems such as missiles, that are specifically developed for nuclear tasks. This includes technology that is designed for ‘dual use’ (military and civilian) but excludes technology that is not designed for, but can be used in nuclear warfare. It does not include delivery platforms such as bombers and submarines.

State owned or controlled nuclear industries are outside the scope of this research, as are companies not publicly listed. Our research uncovered a number of Universities involved in nuclear weapons programmes, but these are also outside the scope of the report.

The list of nuclear weapon producers investigated was compiled through a wide variety of sources, including financial institution exclusion lists, civil society reports, media reports, etc. Additional details on the contracts and components is on the website.
We welcome information at any time about possible nuclear weapon producing companies to investigate.