Rockwell Collins surveillance system for C919

Rockwell Collins and China Leihua Electronic Technology Research Institute (LETRI) have signed a Letter of Intent with Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) to provide an integrated survellience system for the new C919 family of single-aisle aircraft.

The integrated system combines weather detection, traffic alert and collision avoidance (TCAS), Mode S surveillance and terrain awareness and warning functions into a single system.

Rockwell Collins and LETRI have agreed to establish a China-based joint venture, which is expected to sign the formal supply agreement with COMAC by the end of this year. The company has previously worked with LETRI to assemble and test weather radar, radar antenna mounts and TCAS equipment for inclusion in Rockwell Collins’ surveillance systems sold to airlines throughout the world.

“The new relationship we’re creating with LETRI to develop a reliable, state-of the-art surveillance system for the C919 demonstrates the importance of the China civil aviation market to Rockwell Collins,” said Kent Statler, executive vice-president and COO, commercial systems for Rockwell Collins.

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