Meggitt secures C919 engine interface control deal

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UK aerospace manufacturer Meggitt has been selected to supply the engine interface control unit for Comac's C919 family of aircraft.

The airframe-mounted unit will perform predefined functions including signal processing, communication, logic operation and built-in-tests, and will provide a dedicated interface between the engine and the aircraft.

This means that the unit will first be used on the CFM International Leap-1C before the Chinese-made engines come into play. AVIC Commercial Aircraft Engine (ACAE) is working on developing a new engine called the CJ-1000A Chang Jiang, which will eventually be offered as an alternative to the Leap-1C on the C919.

The win follows two years of close collaboration during a definition phase between Comac and Meggitt Sensing Systems, says the company.

Meggitt also provides the engine interface control unit for the ARJ21 and sensors for the Leap-1C.

The C919 is scheduled to have its first flight in 2014 before entering into service in 2016.