Rockwell Collins Gets New VP, Contracts at Singapore Airshow

Rockwell Collins’ Multiscan weather radar system. Photo: Rockwell Collins.

Rockwell Collins had an eventful week in Singapore, announcing a new vice president for its Asia Pacific division along with several commercial and military avionics equipage contracts.

SilkAir selected the GLU-925 Multi-Mode Receiver (MMR), Automatic Detection Finder (ADF), Distance Measuring Equipment (DME), VOR short-range radio navigation system and HF/VHF radios and the new MultiScan ThreatTrack weather radar for its a fleet of 23 Next-Generation Boeing 737s. Qantas Airways selected a similar package for its fleet of 737s, and AirAsia, for a fleet of new Airbus A320s.



Northrop Grumman Acquires Qantas Defence

Northrop Grumman’s Australian subsidiary, Northrop Grumman Australia Pty Limited, has completed its acquisition of Australian aerospace and defense company Qantas Defence Services.

The acquisition will allow Northrop Grumman to expand its Australian footprint, as the company seeks more international opportunities for unmanned, cyber, C4ISR and modernization growth.

The new company will be called Northrop Grumman Integrated Defence Services Pty Limited (IDS).

“Northrop Grumman IDS enhances our in-country footprint and local capabilities, and demonstrates our commitment to the Australian and regional defense markets.

“We expect this to be an important platform for international growth in our key focus areas of unmanned, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization,” said Ian Irving, Northrop Grumman chief executive for Australia.

Singapore Airlines, Panasonic Sign Broadband Agreement

Singapore Airlines A350 computer rendering. Photo: Airbus.

Singapore Airlines has a new long-term agreement with Panasonic Avionics Corp. to increase the use of Panasonic’s global connectivity service to improve the carrier’s aircraft monitoring and communications.

Under the new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Singapore Airlines is looking to use the connectivity service to deliver real-time aircraft health monitoring, including engine data transmission, critical systems monitoring and detection of communications issues prior to arrival.

Additionally, the airline will explore methods for using the service to perform more air to ground communications with information about turbulence, icing and weather updates.

ITT Adds Service Center in China

Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Co. (GAMECO) has been named as an authorized repair station by ITT, as the aerospace manufacturer looks to expand its aircraft support business to China.

Both Boeing and Airbus aircraft, including Boeing’s 787 and the Airbus A350, will be serviced at the station.

“This agreement with GAMECO gives us greater global capabilities and is strategically focused on enhancing our level of support to aircraft owners and operators throughout China.”

TransAsia Adds TCAS to A320s

TransAsia Airways’ new fleet of Airbus A320s will feature Thales’s ACSS T3CAS1, the French aerospace manufacturer announced.

The Taiwan-based private carrier will add the system to a fleet of 18 new A320 family aircraft.

According to Thales, the system was recently named the standard surveillance avionics suite by Airbus for its A320 family.

Along with the TCAS system, TransAsia is also equipping its new aircraft with the Thales TopFlight Flight Management System (FMS).

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