UTC Aerospace Systems offers increased safety, reliability and efficiency capabilities for military aircraft
UTC Aerospace Systems has a proud history of providing defense customers with safe, reliable and efficient content. The company's latest component and systems upgrades enhance safety and performance and lower operating costs. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
"In choosing our advanced technologies, military customers have the flexibility to improve, modernize and extend the life of their current fighter fleets," said Gail Baker, vice president for Aerospace Customers and Business Development. "Customers also have the option to apply these components and systems to their new investments."
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Among UTC Aerospace Systems' advanced technologies is the ACES 5™ ejection seat, which offers greater protection to the pilot's head, neck and limbs, and features an upgraded main recovery parachute. The ACES 5 configuration can be realized with its predecessor, the ACES II, through a retrofit kit on a wide range of current military aircraft, and ACES 5 meets the requirements for installation in new platforms.
The NP2000 propeller, with its electronic propeller control system, offers customers a 50-year leap in technology. The NP2000 is quieter, more reliable and cost-effective in terms of maintenance. The U.S. Navy, Air National Guard, and most recently, NASA, have chosen to retrofit their aircraft with this modern, eight-bladed propeller.
UTC Aerospace Systems also provides customers with the option to upgrade their wheels and brakes. The boltless wheels feature a lock ring design, and the carbon brakes use the industry-leading DURACARB® carbon friction material, which last many times longer than legacy carbon or steel brakes.
Another upgrade available, the Cargo On/Off Loading System (COOLS), is designed specifically for the U.S. Army's cargo platform, the Boeing CH-47 Chinook. The COOLS system provides reconfiguration options in-flight or on the ground in less than 15 minutes. This allows the U.S. Army the ability to quickly respond to mission changes without returning to base for conversion and the ability to load and unload cargo and troops in a fast and safe manner. The newly improved system also allows for the transport of pallet cargo systems, including combinations of small and large pallets. Current CH-47s are being retrofitted with the COOLS, and new CH-47s are coming off the production line with the COOLS upgrade.
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