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2012 Annual Report, Financial and Corportate Responsibility Performance
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UTC Propulsion & Aerospace Systems

Aircraft systems for actuation, aerostructures, air management, interiors, landing gear, propellers, and aircraft wheels and brakes; power controls and sensing systems for electric systems, engine components, engine and control systems, fire protection, ISR systems, sensors and integrated systems, and space systems.

UTC Aerospace Systems
The popular Airbus A350XWB aircraft is equipped with multiple systems and components from UTC Aerospace Systems, including landing gear, power generation, nacelles, and aircraft wheels and brakes. Photo credit: courtesy Airbus.
  • Employees: 40,972
  • Net Sales: $8.3 Billion
  • Operating Profit: $944 Million

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.