JV to develop comms, nav systems

Rockwell Collins and China Electronics Technology Avionics (CETCA) have signed an agreement to establish a joint venture to develop and manufacture the communication and navigation systems for the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) C919 aircraft.

“Our collaboration with CETCA, a key avionics supplier in China, is sure to deliver many positive outcomes, including deeper relationships in the region, state-of-the-art aircraft systems and a stronger foothold in the growth and development of the Chinese aviation industry,” said TC Chan, vice president and managing director, Asia Pacific, for Rockwell Collins.

Rockwell Collins has a 30-year history of working with the Chinese aviation industry and its suppliers. The company’s equipment is installed in many airplanes manufactured in China (ARJ21, MA60/600, Y8, Y12, K8, and H425), and is on nearly every Western airliner operated by China’s airlines.

In April 2012, Rockwell Collins and China Leihua Electronic Technology Research Institute (LETRI), a subsidiary of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), announced the formation of AVIC Leihua Rockwell Collins Avionics Company to bring the latest surveillance products to the C919.

COMAC is a state-owned company, formed with the approval of the State Council. With a registered capital of RMB 19 billion, COMAC was formed on May 11, 2008. COMAC is headquartered in Shanghai.
China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) is a state-owned enterprise group founded in March 2002, administered by the State Council directly. Constituted by 47 institutes, CETC has capabilities in the design and production of communications, navigation and surveillance systems for aviation applications. CETC and its subsidiaries have participated in many Chinese aircraft programmes including fixed wing and rotary wing platforms. China Electronics Technology Avionics Co (CETCA) is a newly established company within CETC focusing specifically on the C919 and other civil aircraft programmes.

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