Honeywell offers flight safety systems to Indian Air Force

February 10th, 2009 - 6:35 pm ICT by IANS  

Bangalore, Feb 10 (IANS) US aerospace products major Honeywell will equip the six C-130J Super Hercules aircraft the Indian Air Force (IAF) is acquiring with the military version of its traffic collision alerting system and other key safety devices worth $10 million, the company said Tuesday.

“Honeywell expects to deliver key aircraft systems that will enhance flight safety -including our aircraft collision avoidance system,” Honeywell vice president Vicki Panhuise said a day ahead of the opening of the seventh edition of the Aero India international air show here.

“The Indian Air Force C-130J will also operate with other Honeywell avionics, mechanical and lighting systems and components,” she added.

The IAF has placed an order for six C-130 J Hercules aircraft with manufacturer Lockheed Martin, with which Honeywell has a blanket contract for supplying aircraft equipment.

Honeywell has also raised the pitch to re-engine the IAF’s Jaguar strike aircraft with its F125IN turbofan that it says will considerably enhance the jet’s performance.

“The F125IN is an outstanding propulsion system. It will transform the Jaguars by improving mission performance, enhancing pilot safety, reducing pilot workload and reducing maintenance costs,” Panhuise pointed out.

The F125IN was demonstrated to the IAF during the 2007 edition of Aero India. The company claims that the engine can save the IAF more than $1.5 billion in lifecycle costs compared to the other options being considered.

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