FARNBOROUGH: Collins and BAE win 777X fly-by-wire systems deals

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BAE Systems and Rockwell Collins have won key roles in producing flight-control systems for the 777X family of aircraft, the suppliers disclosed today.

Boeing selected Collins to supply the flight-control module of the 777X fly-by-wire system, which supports load alleviation, folding wing-tips and high-lift devices.

BAE will develop and produce the integrated flight-control electronics (IFCE) and air-data function, which will manage the overall fly-by-wire system. The Collins module is one component of the IFCE.

The 777X is being designed with an upgrade to the fly-by-wire system on today's 777, reusing technology and flight-control laws developed for the 787.

BAE and Collins already supply the primary flight-control electronics and autoland system on today's 777.

The new deals define another critical piece of the evolving 777X supply chain. So far, Boeing has also picked GE Aviation to supply the GE9X engine, Heroux-Devtek to deliver the landing gear, and a consortium of Japanese companies to produce fuselage panels.