UTC Aerospace Systems achieved a number
of milestones during the year. The European
Safety Agency certified its FH385/386
propeller system for the Airbus A400M Military
Transport Aircraft. The A400M has a 17.5-foot-diameter
propeller system that features eight
all-composite blades. It is the largest all-composite
propeller in production.
The company delivered to the U.S. Navy
Reserve the first of 30 Electronic Propeller
Control System (EPCS) upgraded aircraft.
EPCS uses digital computer software and
offers improved reliability and more precise
performance than previous technologies.
2012 also marked the delivery of the
1,000th shipset of 777 landing gear to Boeing
for Emirates airline. The company has
produced landing gear for the Boeing 777
for approximately 20 years.
A key supplier in the development of the
Boeing 787 Dreamliner, UTC Aerospace
Systems continues to work with Boeing as
it ramps up production. During the year, UTC Aerospace Systems
expanded a production facility to provide
nacelles for the aircraft.
UTC Aerospace Systems is working closely
with Southwest Airlines as it updates its
fleet with Boeing’s next-generation 737-800.
The company will supply wheels and brakes
for the new aircraft, as well as provide
maintenance and asset management.
The ORS-1 satellite celebrated its first
anniversary in space in 2012. The first
Operationally Responsive Space satellite, it
went from drawing board to delivery in 30
months. Designed, manufactured, integrated
and tested in-house, in 2011 it was named one
of the nation’s 25 most important concepts
by C4ISR Journal, which is published by the
Defense News Media Group
A number of major contracts were secured
during the year, including one to provide
wheels, brakes and integrated brake control
systems for the Cessna Longitude business
jet and one to provide new wheel and carbon
brake equipment for the new Airbus A320neo.
Contracts on the military side include an order
by the U.S. Army for 80 spare health and
usage management system (HUMS) electronic units
for its UH-60 BLACK HAWK helicopters. The
company also received a multiyear overhaul
and repair contract with the U.S. Army for
BLACK HAWK T700 fuel controls. UTC
Aerospace Systems was awarded significant
content on the new Embraer KC-390, which is
being developed for the Brazilian Air Force.