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Avionics giants AlliedSignal (E714) and Honeywell (E712) are next door to each other at Dubai 2000 - and for a good reason. This week the companies completed a US Department of Justice agreement that permits them to merge.

The companies expect to receive similar approval from the European Commission and close the merger by the end of the year.

The new company¹s aerospace organisation will combine Honeywell¹s strengths in sophisticated avionics with AlliedSignal¹s experience of flight-safety products.

Both companies are at the show to reaffirm their commitment to their respective markets. Honeywell is showcasing its Primus Epic, Sensor Guidance and WorldNav CNS/ATM (Communications Navigation and Surveillance/Air Traffic Management) solutions and other products.

Allied Signal is displaying its range of Multi-Function AMLCD displays and safety avionics, including RDR-4B weather and predictive wind shear radar systems and flight data recorders.

The merger, announced shortly before the Paris airshow in June, will create a force to be reckoned with. AlliedSignal employs 70,400 people while Honeywell employs 57,000 people.

Source: Flight Daily News