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ABOUT COLLİNS AEROSPACE

At Collins Aerospace, we’re working side-by-side with our customers and partners to dream, design and deliver solutions that redefine the future of our industry. By reaching across the markets we serve and drawing on our vast portfolio of expertise, we are making the most powerful concepts in aerospace a reality every day. Explore all the ways we’re redefining aerospace with one of the deepest capability sets and broadest perspectives in the industry.


As the industry faces new challenges and embraces new technologies, Collins is collaborating and innovating with our customers to bring big ideas to life. And together, we're redefining the future of aerospace.


 

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RTX selected for crossover task order under NASA xEVAS contract


HOUSTON, July 10, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Collins Aerospace, an RTX business (NYSE: RTX) with partners ILC Dover and Oceaneering, announced today it has been awarded a new task order under NASA’s Exploration Extravehicular Activity Services (“xEVAS”) contract to modify the company’s current spacesuit to support lunar endeavors.


The follow-on task order allows Collins to add on to the company's new spacesuit design, developing elements that are compatible for use on the lunar surface as part of NASA's Artemis missions.


"Our next-generation spacesuit design is nearly 90% compatible with a lunar mission," said Dave Romero, director, EVA & Human Surface Mobility Systems for Collins Aerospace. "This formal contract award will support continued efforts to modify our next-generation spacesuit, making it suitable to tasks on the Moon."


Collins was awarded a task order valued at five million dollars, following a proposal process that required the company to identify the methodologies to develop a crossover product.


Collins' next-generation suit is lower in weight than the current extravehicular mobility unit and will improve astronaut efficiency, range of motion, and comfort. Designed to fit nearly any body type, it also has an open architecture design that enables the suit to be easily modified as missions change and evolve.


As NASA and Collins continue to advance the xEVAS program with events like Collins' upcoming Critical Design Review and testing, such as a thermal vacuum test and underwater tests held at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Lab, Collins stands ready to help NASA and its international and commercial partners from low Earth Orbit to deep space.


 

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RTX business Collins Aerospace selected for U.S. Air Force award for Training Systems Acquisition


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, July 13, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Collins Aerospace, an RTX business (NYSE: RTX), was awarded an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract with the U.S. Air Force to support development of new training systems.


The contract for Training Systems Acquisition issued under the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center sets the stage for procuring a variety of training systems elements including development, production, integration and sustainment contracts. Collins Aerospace was one of 37 companies to be selected for this $32.5 billion ceiling award.


"By leveraging our avionics systems development and existing training systems designs, Collins can deliver integrated simulation solutions to enhance mission effectiveness," said Sharon Tabori, senior director, Simulation and Training Solutions for Collins Aerospace. "Our proven ability to provide secure, high fidelity and cost-effective training is validated by our participation in this next round of U.S. Air Force training development."


The Training Systems Acquisition IV contract will assess emerging tools and technologies to bring increased training capabilities to the Air Force, supporting a variety of aircraft platforms as well as non-aircraft, system-specific simulation and training requirements.


"In a situation where speed and cost are considerations, Collins is prepared to deliver training systems across a continuum, including hardware and software solutions," said Tabori.


 

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RTX business Collins Aerospace completes MS-110 flight integration on F-16 aircraft


  • The advanced, long-range MS-110 sensor is now ready for operational service

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, July 14, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- RTX business (NYSE: RTX) Collins Aerospace has announced the completion of flight testing for the MS-110 Multispectral Airborne Reconnaissance System to enter operational service. Following the first flight in July 2022 on an F-16 for an undisclosed international customer, Collins executed a number of extensive flight tests and related ground activities to confirm that the system's wide area, long range sensor suite is now ready for deployment. The company is in the process of delivering a total of 16 sensors to international Fast-Jet operators and is in various stages of contractual activities for another 13 pods for three additional customers.


The advanced MS-110 builds on the success of the widely deployed DB-110 with which it shares a common support and imagery exploitation infrastructure. Existing DB-110 operators have the option of upgrading their pods to the MS-110 configuration at their own maintenance facilities, limiting cost and operational downtime for this critical reconnaissance resource. The multispectral features of the MS-110 improves intelligence analysts' ability to extract vital information from a wide variety of target sets.


"With MS-110 development and integration completed, the critical intelligence made available by the system can be rapidly rolled out to support multi-domain efforts," said Andy Hunter, director and general manager, Intelligent Sensing for Collins Aerospace. "The extension and expansion of an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity contract with the U.S. Air Force Foreign Military Sales organization will be a major factor in accelerating production and improving system affordability."


Collins Aerospace airborne reconnaissance systems have been fielded and operational on tactical fast jet platforms such as the F-15 and F-16 as well as special mission ISR business jets. The system is also compatible with MALE UAVs such as the MQ-9. The MS-110 sensor leverages Collins Aerospace's proven multi-spectral imaging (MSI) expertise from SYERS-2C flown on the U-2.


 

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RTX awarded contract to develop platform agnostic, Beyond-Line-Of-Sight, satellite communications solution


New communications pod will work with commercial and military satellites in Low Earth Orbit, Medium Earth Orbit and Geostationary Orbit


MCKINNEY, Texas, Aug. 9, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Collins Aerospace, an RTX (NYSE: RTX) business, has been awarded a $36 million contract from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory to develop and demonstrate a platform-agnostic, Beyond-Line-Of-Sight, satellite communications pod.


The communications pod will provide warfighters resilient, high bandwidth, low latency communications and data directly to the cockpit. The pod brings together military and commercial satellites to add resiliency to the host platforms; and will switch between services from different vendors with little or no hardware modification, while providing the ability to utilize future constellations as they come online.


"It is critical in a contested environment that the warfighter can communicate with operators regardless of communication path," said Ryan Bunge, vice president Communication & Networking Solutions for Collins Aerospace. "This resilient communications terminal is designed for survivability in degraded environments to offer military leaders enhanced situational awareness to make better decisions, faster across the battlespace."


 

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RTX awarded U.S. Army contract for additional delivery of electric generators and containers


ROCKFORD, Ill., Aug. 15, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Collins Aerospace, an RTX business (NYSE: RTX), was awarded a $24 million contract for production and delivery of electric generators with containers to the United States Army Anniston Depot in support of the U.S. Army's Abrams M1A2 Main Battle Tank.


As part of the Army's System Enhanced Package version 3 (SEPv3) to improve the M1A2's performance and extend its service life, the Collins' generator delivers 50 percent more onboard power than the vehicle's legacy system in the same space, enhancing the tank's survivability and reliability.


"Across our business, we are leveraging electric power, from commercial aerospace to military platforms, to support the evolving needs of our customers," said Russell Andrey, program manager for Collins Aerospace. "To date, Collins has delivered 800 electric generators, in support of the SEPv3 program, supplying critical power, diagnostics and predictive maintenance support on the ground."


With its increased power, the electric generator helps improve the M1A2's survivability by enabling the addition of advanced systems, such as laser warning receivers and radio jamming capabilities. The company's generator uses advanced magnetics and active load management to deliver 100 percent rated power throughout the M1A2's operating range. In addition, the state-of-the-art system boasts enhanced digital capabilities through its advanced generator control and communications features.


The Collins Aerospace designed generators fit in the same space as the legacy system without requiring major changes to the vehicle or its existing electric systems architecture.


 

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U.S. Navy awards RTX and Elbit Systems of America a $16 million contract for improved F/A-18 pilot helmet mounted display systems


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa and FORT WORTH, Texas, Sept. 7, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Collins Elbit Vision Systems (CEVS) – a joint venture between Collins Aerospace, an RTX (NYSE: RTX) business, and Elbit Systems of America – has been awarded a contract by the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division for development, engineering, logistics and test support of the Improved Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System used in Block III F/A-18E/F and E/A-18G aircraft.


With this award, CEVS is formally introducing the Zero-G Helmet Mounted Display System+ (HMDS+)™. The Zero-G HMDS+™ will provide an augmented view of the battle space inside the pilot's helmet to allow for faster decision making, increasing survivability and effectiveness.


"The team followed a new development process that incorporated early and continuous pilot input to field the best solution. The result is an innovative and adaptable HMDS that will follow a long, successful line of fielded HMDS from CEVS," said CEVS Co-General Manager Jeff Hoberg.


In addition to providing improved capability, the balanced and ultra-lightweight design of the Zero-G HMDS+™ will significantly decrease the physiological strain pilots experience.


 

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RTX begins fabrication of 1MW generator for Air Force Research Laboratory


CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 11, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Collins Aerospace, an RTX (NYSE: RTX) business, has completed detailed design review and started fabrication of a one megawatt electric generator for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) as part of the Advanced Turbine Technologies for Affordable Mission-Capability program. The low-spool generator could have multiple applications for future crewed and uncrewed military platforms.

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"To power advanced mission systems, high-energy weapons and hybrid-electric propulsion architectures, the next generation of military aircraft will require an order-of-magnitude increase in electricity," said Bill Dolan, vice president, Power and Controls Engineering for Collins. "By safely and efficiently providing onboard high-voltage DC power, our 1MW generator will support these new technologies and help enable new platforms to achieve their target capabilities."


Having finished engineering work on the generator and moved into the manufacturing phase, Collins is on track to deliver hardware to the Air Force and test the generator to Technology Readiness Level 5 in 2024. Testing will take place at The Grid, Collins' $50 million state-of-the art electric power systems lab slated to open in Rockford, Illinois in October. RTX's Pratt & Whitney business is also supporting the AFRL 1MW generator program by studying future engine integration opportunities.


The 1MW generator builds on Collins' long experience in providing electric power for military and commercial aircraft, including the generators it currently supplies for the F-22, F-35 and 787. Along with the 1MW motor Collins is developing for the RTX hybrid-electric flight demonstrator, the 1MW generator forms part of Collins' technology roadmap to develop a family of motor generators that can be scaled up or down to meet the power requirements of future military and commercial platforms.


 

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RTX business Collins Aerospace selected by BAE Systems as Large Area Display provider for Eurofighter Typhoon cockpit development


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LONDON, Sept. 13, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- RTX (NYSE: RTX) business Collins Aerospace has been selected by BAE Systems as the provider for Large Area Display technology to be integrated into the cockpits of future Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft.


The ultra-high-definition Large Area Display (LAD) will be used by BAE Systems as part of its rapid capability development programme, Project Medulla, which sees it investing in future technologies for use across its combat air portfolio, including Eurofighter Typhoon.


The LAD will serve as a pivotal tool for pilots, consolidating critical flight data, sensor inputs and tactical information into a single, easily accessible interface. Through real-time data feeds from radar, targeting systems, and threat detection, pilots will maintain an up-to-the-second view of the battlefield, enabling swift and precise decision-making during high-stakes engagements.


"The selection of Collins Aerospace as the current best athlete for the LAD equipment will support our continued investment into our combat air platforms, including Typhoon," said Ian Clark, Head of Medulla, BAE Systems Air. "Together with upgraded mission systems and increased processing power our teams are developing, the LAD will enable pilots to harness the full potential of Typhoon's advanced in radar and weapons technology ensuring the aircraft remains the backbone of combat air power for decades to come."


"Our Large Area Display for Eurofighter Typhoon cockpits represents a game-changing advancement in combat aviation,"
said Craig Bries, VP GM, Marketing, Sales, & Aftermarket Services, Collins Aerospace. "Specifically designed for combat aircraft, the Large Area Display will revolutionise aerial operations by offering complete situational awareness and unparalleled operational effectiveness providing fighter pilots with an unmatched advantage."


The Large Area Display's intuitive design and resistive touch screen technology will streamline information flow and will significantly reduce cognitive workload, allowing pilots to focus on critical tasks and maneuvers, thereby maximising operational effectiveness. With this state-of-the-art technology, combat aircraft pilots will be better equipped to manage complex aerial scenarios, optimise flight paths and respond proactively to enemy threats.


Collins Aerospace will work with BAE Systems to develop a Large Area Display solution that leverages existing, field-proven design elements while incorporating the latest available display technologies in order to minimise obsolescence and development schedule risks.


Collins Aerospace has a long-standing relationship with BAE Systems, which has evolved through successful collaboration on the Tornado, Eurofighter Typhoon and Hawk aircraft programs. Collins Aerospace supplies close to 50 percent of the world's avionics displays and has more than 30 years of experience in producing high performance display products for fighter aircraft as well as trainers, bombers, helicopters, and commercial aircraft worldwide.


 

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How do you help hypersonics keep their cool? Make them sweat.

RTX researchers validate ’transpiration cooling’ in a test for DARPA


The problem has perplexed scientists for years.Hypersonic missiles can dart through the atmosphere faster than a mile per second. But at those speeds, things get so hot that many materials would melt – including those most likely used for the tip, or, as it’s sometimes called, the leading edge.


“You go from something sharp to something kind of rounded,” said John Sharon of the RTX Technology Research Center, “and when you go from sharp to rounded, you increase your drag, and you end up slowing the vehicle down, which impacts how fast and far we can fly.”


The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to solve that problem, so they asked researchers around the country for their ideas.


Sharon and his team had one that was simple but intriguing: Make the missile sweat.


Just as humans use pores to cool our bodies, the team sought to show that artificial pores – called transpiration cooling channels – in the tip of the missile could do the same.


“Transpiration cooling has been around for years. Nature has already figured it out – trees use it, and we use our skin,” Sharon said. “But how do we leverage it for other engineering applications?”


DARPA liked the idea and awarded the research center a contract to model, prototype and test its concept alongside other university and industry teams under what’s known as the MACH program.


“When the opportunity came up, we did some back-of-the-envelope math and said, ‘Does this look like it’ll work?’ and the answer was, ‘Yes,’” Sharon said. “Then it was really a matter of digging in and doing detailed modeling and simulation.”


Their concept works by placing a compound in the tip of the missile that heats up and generates vapor. The gas is then pushed through thousands of fine transpiration channels – each narrower than a human hair.


Controlling heat in hypersonics​


The RTX Technology Research Center has tested a novel method of helping hypersonic vehicles withstand extreme heat. Here’s a rundown of their research project.


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At hypersonic speeds, missiles and other vehicles get so hot their leading edges begin to deform



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A method called transpiration cooling uses artificial pores to deliver a cooling liquid to the surface



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Researchers used predictive modeling and advanced manufacturing to design and build their hardware



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The research validated the approach, which can also be used to manage heat for other objects such as aircraft turbine blades



The test article is a wedge-shaped piece of a heat-resistant metal, and it is slightly larger than a credit card. To make the cooling channels as small and efficient as possible, Sharon’s team collaborated with Collins Aerospace, an RTX business, using their expertise in micromachining, an advanced manufacturing method that uses lasers to create intricate parts.


To prove it would work, the team first tested the wedge on a burner rig at the research center in East Hartford, Connecticut.


“It’s essentially a big crème brûlée torch,” Sharon said.


The burner rig aims a torch fueled by natural gas and oxygen at the test article to mimic changes in temperature that would occur at hypersonic speeds. Once the team was confident with the test article’s performance, they conducted more intricate testing at a facility that uses an electrical arc to heat and expand gases to high temperatures and speeds, simulating the conditions of very fast flight.


The tests offered preliminary proof that their concept would work, but Sharon said they’ll need more research and refinements before transpiration cooling is ready for use in hypersonic missiles. The remaining challenges include figuring out how to make the channels even smaller, and determining whether their findings on a credit card-sized test article would scale to a full-sized hypersonic vehicle.


Sharon said he believes what they learned could have applications for several RTX products – including cooling aircraft engine turbine blades – and it showed their predictive modeling was reliable.


“When you’re flying five-plus times the speed of sound, the temperature can rise very quickly – in a fraction of a second,” Sharon said. “The folks on the team involved with modeling did an awesome job estimating how long the test article would survive.”


Finding answers to questions like this one is why Sharon joined the research center. After earning his doctorate, he saw it as an opportunity to apply cutting-edge research to aerospace and defense.


“Proving that out in the lab has been great,” he said. “The next step is always trying to say, ’How would a customer adapt this and perform better?’”


This material is based upon work supported by the United States Air Force under Contract No. United States Air Force FA8650-20-C-7001.


 

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RTX announces licensing deal with Hanwha


Companies to manufacture tactical radios in South Korea

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Oct. 19, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Collins Aerospace, an RTX business (NYSE: RTX) has signed a licensing agreement with South Korean company Hanwha Systems to manufacture airborne tactical radios in South Korea as part of a Second-generation Anti-jam Tactical UHF Radio for NATO waveform (SATURN) upgrade program.


The TruNet™ AR-1500 is an internationally available networked communications airborne radio. The solution offers a fully exportable software-defined radio receiver-transmitter, securing connectivity between ground and airborne elements across the entire battlespace, and supporting the latest edition of SATURN waveform.


"The SATURN waveform upgrade, as part of this deal, will increase support of a modern, connected battlespace, and will provide the South Korean Armed Forces the latest anti-jam technologies, which are critical to mission-readiness, safety, and interoperability with allies," said Ryan Bunge, vice president and general manager of Resilient Navigation Solutions, Collins Aerospace. "We're moving past obsolescence and offering a more secure solution."


SATURN is an anti-jam, hopping waveform that was developed as a replacement for existing anti-jam waveforms. Collins will support Hanwha Systems as a sub-contractor as part of the licensing agreement for the TruNet™ AR-1500 airborne tactical radios.


 

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RTX's Collins Aerospace introduces Arcus™ training image generator



Company adds hybrid image generation system to training and simulation portfolio


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Nov. 27, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Collins Aerospace, an RTX (NYSE: RTX) business announced today it is releasing Arcus™, a new image generator that combines Collins' advanced rendering and processing tools with gaming technology to deliver immersive, modular aircrew training.


Designed with a flexible, open systems architecture, Arcus™ image generator offers realistic, complex synthetic training environments for multiple platforms including fast jet, air transport, mission, rotary wing and commercial aircraft. Collins' new image generator is developed in partnership with gaming engine developer Epic Games' Unreal Engine technology.


"Effective simulation training requires high-fidelity visual realism, and customers also need these technologies to seamlessly adapt to their varied training needs and devices,"
said Sharon Tabori, senior director and general manager of Simulation and Training Solutions for Collins Aerospace. "Our new hybrid image generator brings improved graphic capabilities to offer flight simulation experiences that are as efficient as they are realistic."


Through its common PC hardware and software applications, Arcus™ supports a variety of simulated flight devices including full-flight simulators, flight training devices and headset virtual reality VR and mixed reality MR systems, reducing cost and increasing opportunities for focused training using the same technology across the simulation spectrum. The image generator's combination of advanced visuals and Epic Games' adaptable gaming technology allows customers to easily adapt their training environments and implement new features as their missions and simulation training needs evolve.


 

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Collins Elbit Vision Systems delivers 3,000th F-35 Gen III Helmet Mounted Display System to the Joint Strike Fighter


WILSONVILLE, Ore., Feb. 26, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Collins Elbit Vision Systems (CEVS) – a joint venture between Collins Aerospace, and Elbit Systems of America (Elbit America) – announced today that it has delivered the 3,000th F-35 Gen III Helmet Mounted Display Systems (HMDS) to the Joint Strike Fighter. Collins Aerospace is an RTX (NYSE: RTX) business.


The F-35 Gen III HMDS is the world's most advanced helmet-mounted display system. Its next-generation user interface serves as a pilot's primary display system, providing them with intuitive access to vital flight, tactical and sensor information day or night.


"CEVS has developed and delivered next-generation solutions that have kept pilots safe and battle ready for nearly 30 years," said Collins Aerospace's Daniel Karl, co-general manager of CEVS. "The HMDS offers pilots in combat zones unmatched situational awareness, giving them the vital information they need to make decisions faster. Our team in Wilsonville, Oregon, is proud to have helped lead the development and manufacturing of this technology for our warfighters, which will help them win the future fight."


With the 3,000th delivery, CEVS has provided over 20,000 systems to warfighters and have logged more than 1 million flight hours on 40 different fighter aircraft platforms.


This milestone comes five months after CEVS unveiled Zero-G HMDS+ for 6th generation fighter aircraft.


"Zero-G – the newest generation of our HMDS – is the lightest, most capable and safest helmet mounted display system ever developed," said Elbit America's Jeff Hoberg, co-general manager of CEVS. "It was designed for next-generation fighter aircraft platforms and can also support 4th and 5th generation aircraft."


 

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