Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has selected Hamilton Sundstrand as the exclusive provider for a new small gas turbine FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control) system. The FADEC is being developed for use on Rolls-Royce engines under 2000 shaft horsepower (shp).
Ken Roberts, President of the Rolls-Royce Helicopter Engine business, said: “This new FADEC will provide our customers with significant benefits, offering a state-of-the-art, flexible and affordable control system for both helicopter and fixed-wing applications. Teaming with Hamilton Sundstrand, a partner with proven and strong core competencies in advanced control systems, ensures we are well placed to meet the needs of a broad range of small engine customers during the coming decades.”
Steve Peery, Vice President of Hamilton Sundstrand’s Engine Systems business, said: “We are eager to begin work on this next-generation FADEC system in this long-term partnership with Rolls-Royce. This FADEC family will be configured for affordability and adaptability, offering differentiation to customers in a growing business segment.”
Rolls-Royce and Hamilton Sundstrand are working together to develop a flexible FADEC design that can be modified to fit multiple Rolls-Royce engines under 2000 shp. This new control system is being designed to meet all applicable civil and military requirements.
Rolls-Royce was awarded a contract by the U.S. Army in October of 2009 to develop a new dual channel FADEC for the Kiowa Warrior helicopter. Rolls-Royce will apply the new FADEC being developed with Hamilton Sundstrand to meet this requirement.
Hamilton Sundstrand is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). 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.