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Kidde Aerospace & Defense chosen for C919 fire and protection system

The Commercial Aviation Corporation of China, Ltd (COMAC) has selected Hamilton Sundstrand business unit Kidde Aerospace & Defense to provide the integrated fire and overheat protection systems for the new C919 aircraft family.

The system’s major elements include engine and APU fire detectors; wheel well and bleed duct overheat monitoring sensors; cargo and lavatory smoke detectors; fixed fire extinguishers for the engines, APU and cargo compartment; portable fire extinguishers for the cockpit and cabin; and a new electronic control assembly which integrates these independent fire protection component technologies into a single system.

The contract’s value is estimated to be worth more than $250 million in revenue over the program’s life.

"The C919 programme reaffirms the relationship and commitment between Kidde and COMAC, which began with the ARJ21 programme," remarked Brent Ehmke, Kidde Aerospace & Defense vice-president and general manager. "We’re pleased that as COMAC continues to develop and grow, it will do so with Kidde’s fire protection technologies protecting these assets."

COMAC previously selected another Hamilton Sundstrand business unit to provide the electric power generation and distribution systems for the C919.

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