Rockwell Collins, AVIC LETRI form JV for C919 surveillance systems

Rockwell Collins and China Leihua Electronic Technology Research Institute (LETRI), a subsidiary of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), have announced the formation of AVIC Leihua Rockwell Collins Avionics Company, a joint venture aiming to produce surveillance products for COMAC’s C919 aircraft family.

“While this is our first joint venture with AVIC, it demonstrates a deepening and broadening of our trusted and collaborative relationship, which spans nearly three decades,” remarked Kent Statler, executive vice-president and chief operating officer, commercial systems for Rockwell Collins.

Once all approvals have been obtained, AVIC Leihua Rockwell Collins Avionics Company will develop, manufacture and deliver integrated surveillance system products for the C919 programme in China.

Lu Guangshan, chairman and president of AVIC Avionics Systems Company, commented, “AVIC Leihua Rockwell Collins Avionics Company is one of four joint ventures in place for the C919. We’re confident that these partnerships can integrate the strengths of both sides to contribute to the programme’s success.”

“This represents a significant milestone for our involvement with the C919 programme, and is indicative of our continuing commitment to help grow the Chinese aviation industry,” said TC Chan, vice-president and managing director, Asia Pacific for Rockwell Collins.

In addition to providing the integrated surveillance system for the C919, Rockwell Collins is also providing communication, navigation, cabin management and inflight entertainment systems for the aircraft. Additionally, Rockwell Collins and Xian Aviation Science and Technology Company (XASC), another AVIC subsidiary, recently delivered the C919 engineering simulator.

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