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UTC Aerospace Systems Helps U.S. Navy, U.S. Air National Guard Improve Performance With C-130 NP2000 Propeller Upgrades

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UTC Aerospace Systems Helps U.S. Navy, U.S. Air National Guard Improve Performance With C-130 NP2000 Propeller Upgrades

- NP2000 propeller system includes more electric and more intelligent technologies that will help the services improve operational performance, while reducing maintenance time and cost

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FARNBOROUGH INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW, July 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), today announced that it has been awarded a contract to support NP2000 propeller upgrades for 24 Lockheed Martin C/KC-130T aircraft for the U.S. Navy's Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). In addition, the company has completed 9 of 12 contracted C-130H propeller upgrades for the Air National Guard (ANG).

Taken together, the total value of the NAVAIR and ANG contracts exceeds $140 million. The contracts were awarded through the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA).

UTC Aerospace Systems' next-generation NP2000 propeller system will help NAVAIR and the ANG improve operational performance, while reducing maintenance time and cost. With its eight composite blades and enhanced electronic control system, the NP2000 offers several benefits to operators compared to legacy systems including:

  • Reduction in vibration and interior noise (approximately 15db sound reduction in the cockpit)
  • Thrust increase (approximately 20 percent increase in low-speed acceleration)

Unlike the C-130's existing system, the NP2000 allows operators to remove and replace individual blades on-wing, without removing the entire propeller system. This enhancement provides critical value to operators by significantly reducing maintenance time and cost, while increasing the aircraft's availability.

As an upgrade for the C-130's legacy mechanical control system from the 1960s, the NP2000 incorporates more electric and more intelligent technologies from UTC Aerospace Systems, including a digital electronic control system that improves speed holding and blade synchronization. These innovations provide greater comfort and safety for the crew as well as valuable fault diagnostics for aircraft maintenance teams.

Under its contract with NSPA, UTC Aerospace Systems has completed two propeller upgrades for the ANG's 153rd Airlift Wing, based in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and seven of 10 LC-130 upgrades for the 109th Airlift Wing, based in Schenectady, New York. The Guard has identified seven wings flying the C-130H that will receive engine and propeller upgrades in the coming years. UTC Aerospace Systems has begun to modify the first NAVAIR aircraft and will continue the upgrades over the next few years.

In addition to the C-130, the NP2000 has been in service on the Northrop Grumman E-2 and C-2 since 2004, and is planned for use on the Lockheed Martin P-3.

"The industry-leading propeller technology of UTC Aerospace Systems' NP2000 provides operators with enhanced performance and reliability," said Propeller Systems General Manager Jean-Francois Chanut. "We're proud to support the Air National Guard and NAVAIR, and look forward to continuing to work with them to increase the operational efficiency of their C-130 fleets."

"The addition of the NP2000 has definitely increased the overall performance of our C-130H. I'm looking forward to having the systems on all eight of our squadron's aircraft soon," said Lt. Col. Todd Davis, commander of the Wyoming Air National Guard's 187th Airlift Squadron. 

Through its legacy Hamilton Sundstrand and Ratier-Figeac businesses, UTC Aerospace Systems has been designing, manufacturing and servicing propeller systems for 110 years. Its Propeller Systems business has three international sites and currently supplies and services a variety of propeller systems and critical flight control systems across commercial and military platforms around the world.    

About UTC Aerospace Systems
UTC Aerospace Systems is one of the world's largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and defense products. UTC Aerospace Systems designs, manufactures and services integrated systems and components for the aerospace and defense industries, supporting a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and customer service facilities. For more information about the company, visit our website at www.utcaerospacesystems.com or follow us on Twitter: @utcaerosystems

About United Technologies Corporation
United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries. By combining a passion for science with precision engineering, the company is creating smart, sustainable solutions the world needs. For more information about the company, visit our website at www.utc.com or follow us on Twitter: @UTC

This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning future business opportunities. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to changes in government procurement priorities and practices, budget plans and availability of funding, and in the number of aircraft to be built; challenges in the design, development, production and support of advanced technologies, and the realization of the anticipated benefits associated with those advanced technologies; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in United Technologies Corp.'s Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

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