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Anthony Hargrove, an assembler at the Collins Aerospace Aerostructures facility in Everett, Washington, works on an aircraft nacelle. Nacelles house and protect the engine, optimize air flows through it and manage a number of functions, including noise abatement, de-icing and braking.

Malik Saleh (seated) and Emmanuel Derouillat, both senior systems engineers at the Collins Aerospace Engineering office in Bothell, Washington, work at a reconfigurable flight deck display test platform. The flight deck enables tests to be conducted in an environment similar to that of actual flight, allows several applications to be tested simultaneously, and flags and corrects problems before a system is delivered to the customer.


United Technologies 2018 Annual Report

Collins Aerospace Systems

Collins Aerospace Systems works with customers in every major facet of the aerospace industry. It is one of the largest providers of systems and services for commercial aircraft, delivering enhanced passenger safety and comfort, maximized operational efficiency, secure and reliable connectivity, and improved sustainability.

Collins Aerospace also collaborates with nearly every business jet manufacturer in the world to elevate the aviation experience. For military and defense customers, it delivers a broad spectrum of advanced, battle-proven solutions so that missions can be completed safely, efficiently and effectively. It provides advanced systems for commercial and military helicopters. And it is at the forefront of a new age of space flight.

Robert K. Ortberg

Robert K. Ortberg

Chief Executive Officer


David L. Gitlin

David L. Gitlin

President & Chief Operating Officer

Redefining Aerospace

Collins Aerospace Systems is one of the world’s largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and defense products. The company designs, manufactures and services systems and components, and provides integrated solutions for commercial, military and space platforms.

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*See page 77 in the Annual Report PDF for additional information regarding non-GAAP financial measures.

2018 Highlights

T-X jet trainer content

Supporting the Air Force’s next-generation trainer program

In September 2018 the U.S. Air Force announced that it had selected the Boeing/Saab team’s T-X jet trainer aircraft to replace its aging fleet of Northrop T-38 Talons. The T-X will offer advanced training capabilities for aircrews and will include Collins Aerospace’s ACES 5 ejection seat and fully integrated landing gear system. ACES 5 offers new, innovative pilot safety technologies, including passive head and neck protection, arm and leg flail prevention, and a load-compensating catapult rocket that varies its thrust based on the occupant’s weight. The trainer’s landing gear system from Collins Aerospace will include structure, actuation, dressings, hydraulics, and wheels and brakes.

Falcon 6X nacelle

Bringing commercial innovations to business jets

For its newest business jet, the Falcon 6X, Dassault Aviation chose Collins Aerospace to develop an advanced nacelle system. The integrated system will employ lightweight composites that take full advantage of the company’s advanced state-of-the-art design and proprietary manufacturing technologies. Significant innovation of the system’s design include an advanced inlet configuration that reduces community noise and increases fuel efficiency; an improved, compact thrust reverser designed for optimal performance; and advanced engineering design and analysis tools to enable rapid development of the nacelle design. The selection represents the company’s return to the business jet nacelle segment and will enable it to bring new nacelle system technology advancements it has developed for large commercial aircraft to business jets.

Key systems for KF-X

Extending a long-term relationship with Korea Aerospace Industries

As it develops its KF-X advanced multirole fighter jet, Korea Aerospace Industries has turned to Collins Aerospace, a longstanding supplier of critical content. For years, Collins Aerospace has supplied systems for KAI’s T-50 trainer, as well as its TA-50 and FA-50 light attack variants. In 2018 KAI chose Collins to provide multiple systems for the KF-X, including the complete environmental control system, which includes the liquid cooling system and the OBIGGS air supply system, along with the aircraft’s air turbine starter and flow control valve. As part of a contract with KAES Hanwha, Collins also will provide the fighter’s main electric power generation system, which includes the company’s latest, state-of-the-art variable speed constant frequency generator.

Wheels and brakes

Growing the landing systems business

Collins Aerospace enjoyed significant demand for its wheel and brake systems in 2018. More than 35 airlines selected Collins’ equipment, representing commitments totaling more than $500 million. Collins is an industry leader in wheels and brakes, and the company is known for its patented DURACARB carbon friction material that delivers an average of 35 percent advantage in brake life over competing manufacturers’ material. This enables airlines to decrease maintenance time and realize additional cost savings.

Vehicle management computer

Enabling fly-by-wire technology and autonomous flight

Collins Aerospace is developing a next-generation vehicle management computer that features triple multicore processors, high-speed communications and open architecture for use in high-redundancy, flight-critical applications. With its advanced capabilities, the VMC will enable fly-by-wire technology and autonomous flight for new and retrofit applications in civil and military aircraft. Long a leader in flight control technology, Collins’ VMC expands on the success of its existing flight control computer (FCC), thousands of which are currently in service on-board multiple military and commercial rotorcraft worldwide. Compared to the FCC, the VMC will offer 20 times the computing power through the incorporation of three dissimilar multicore processors.