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Collins Aerospace

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Collins Aerospace
IndustryAerospace and Industrial
PredecessorGoodrich Corporation, Hamilton Sundstrand, Hamilton Standard, Sundstrand Corporation and Rockwell Collins
Founded2012 (UTAS)
1998 (Rockwell Collins)
2018 (Collins Aerospace)
Number of locations
300+ [1]
ProductsActuation Systems, Aerostructures, Aircraft Connectivity & Information Services, Air Data Management Systems, Airport Services, Avionics, Cabin Management, Communications, Displays, Electric Systems, Electronic Warfare Systems, Engine Components, Engine & Control Systems, Flight Decks, Interiors, ISR Systems, Landing Gear, Navigation, Propeller Systems, Sensors & Integrated Systems, Simulation & Training, Space Systems, Wheels & Brakes
ServicesEngineering Services, Repair Services, Spare Parts, Technical Support
RevenueIncrease US$ 14.691 billion (UTC alone, 2017)[2]
$23 billion with Collins[3]
Increase US$ 2.370 billion (UTC alone, 2017)[2]
Number of employees
78,000 (2020)[citation needed]
ParentRaytheon Technologies
DivisionsAerostructures, Avionics, Interiors, Mechanical Systems, Missions Systems, Power & Controls

Collins Aerospace, a Raytheon Technologies subsidiary, is one of the world's largest suppliers of aerospace and defense products, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.[4]


UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS) was formed in August 2012 when parent United Technologies Corporation merged their existing subsidiary Hamilton Sundstrand with the newly acquired Goodrich Corporation.

On 26 November 2018, United Technologies announced the completion of its Rockwell Collins acquisition, after which it merged its newly acquired business with UTC Aerospace Systems to form Collins Aerospace. The new company reported $26 billion of combined sales in 2019 and is composed of 78,000 employees.[5][3]


Company logo used 2012-2018
Company logo used 2012-2018

Collins Aerospace is engaged in designing, manufacturing and servicing systems and components for commercial aviation, business aviation, military & defense, helicopters, space, airports, and other industries.

Collins Aerospace has six strategic business units: Aerostructures, Avionics, Interiors, Mechanical Systems, Missions Systems, Power & Controls.[4] Each business unit also serves customers with aftermarket solutions.


Based in Chula Vista, California, Aerostructures includes: nacelle systems; flight control surfaces; naval composites; and other material and structural components.


Based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Avionics includes: commercial and government avionics systems; cabin management and content systems; information management systems and services; fire protection services; and aircraft sensors.


Based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Interiors includes: aircraft seating; interior systems; evacuation systems; galleys and galley inserts; lavatories; life rafts; lighting; veneers; potable water systems; and de- icing products.

Mechanical Systems

Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Mechanical Systems includes: landing systems; actuation; propellers; flight controls; pilot controls; hoist and winch systems; and cargo systems.

Missions Systems

Based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mission Systems includes: solutions for secure military communication, navigation and guidance; missile actuation; simulation, training and range instrumentation; strategic command and control; unmanned aircraft systems; electronic warfare; ejection seats and propulsion; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; and space solutions.

Power & Controls

Based in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, Power & Controls includes: electric systems; engine controls; air management; and airframe controls.

Ithaco Space Systems, Inc.

Collins Aerospace is the owner of Ithaco Space Systems, Inc., formerly owned by Goodrich Company. Ithaco produced items for the field of satellite control since 1962, such as Earth sensors, reaction/momentum wheels, magnetometers and magnetic torquers.[6]

In addition to over 100 U.S. satellites, equipment made by Ithaco flew on Japanese, Canadian, French, German, Spanish, Swedish, and Argentinean spacecraft. Ithaco became notable for having manufactured the reaction wheels of the Kepler spacecraft, the Hayabusa spacecraft, the Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics (TIMED) satellite and the Dawn spacecraft, which developed problems or even failed.[7]

The ROSAT reaction wheels lasted over 8 years.[citation needed]

Collins Aerospace announced in August 2012 layoffs at Ithaco Space Systems due to Ithaco having been "focused on space programs that have recently seen slower growth", and further layoffs at former Hamilton Sundstrand.[8]

See also


  1. ^ "About Us". Collins Aerospace. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  2. ^ a b "United Technologies 2017 Annual Report" (PDF). United Technologies. p. 67. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  3. ^ a b "United Technologies [...] Completes Acquisition of Rockwell Collins" (Press release). United Technologies. 26 November 2018. Archived from the original on 20 March 2020. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Contact". Collins Aerospace. Archived from the original on 1 April 2020. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Collins Aerospace 2020 Fact Sheet" (PDF). Collins Aerospace. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Attitude Control". NASA Spinoff. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
  7. ^ Cowen, Ron (21 May 2013). "The wheels come off Kepler". Nature. 497 (7450): 417–418. Bibcode:2013Natur.497..417C. doi:10.1038/497417a. PMID 23698418.
  8. ^ "Layoffs At UTC Aerospace Systems — Former Hamilton Sunstrand". CBS Connecticut. Archived from the original on 23 August 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2013.

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