COMAC Selects Hamilton Sundstrand's Kidde Unit to Provide C919 Integrated Fire and Protection System

May 13, 2010
The program value is estimated to be worth more than $250 million in revenue over the program's life.

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn., May 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Commercial Aviation Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC) has selected Kidde Aerospace & Defense, a Hamilton Sundstrand business unit, to provide the integrated fire and overheat protection systems for its new C919 aircraft. Hamilton Sundstrand is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

The system's major portions 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, and 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 program value is estimated to be worth more than $250 million in revenue over the program's life.

"The C919 program reaffirms the relationship and commitment between Kidde and COMAC, which began with the ARJ-21 program," said Brent Ehmke, Kidde Aerospace & Defense vice president and general manager. "We're pleased that as COMAC's commercial aviation 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 new C919 aircraft.

COMAC is the Chinese commercial aircraft manufacturer established in May 2008.

Kidde Aerospace & Defense is a leading supplier of fire protection and safety systems for commercial and military aviation and ground vehicle applications. For more than 90 years, Kidde has defined the state-of-the-art in fire protection and safety systems, through advances in detection, suppression, inerting and other protection technologies.

With 2009 revenues of $5.6 billion, Hamilton Sundstrand is headquartered in Windsor Locks, Conn. Among the world's largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and industrial products, the company designs, manufactures and services aerospace systems and provides integrated system solutions for commercial, regional, corporate and military aircraft. It also is a major supplier for international space programs.

Hamilton Sundstrand began its presence in the Chinese aviation market in 1985 with the development of the MA60 aircraft. Today, Hamilton Sundstrand is a key systems supplier on COMAC's 90-seat ARJ21 regional jet, supplying the electric power system, including the APS2600 Auxiliary Power Unit; the Ram Air Turbine; the high-lift actuation system, which includes flap and slat actuators, drive train, power drive units and controllers; fire protection systems; and the electrical power generation, primary distribution and emergency power system.

United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries worldwide.

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