Airbus has picked Rockwell Collins to provide information management and navigation capabilities for the A350 XWB, in an award valued at up to $2.5 billion for the entire programme.

The deal calls for Rockwell Collins to supply the A350 with its information management onboard solution, which is a hosting platform for flight operations, aircraft maintenance and airline applications. The system includes a standard Class 2 electronic flight bag interface.

Rockwell Collins will provide the hardware platform, system software and system integration. Flight operations and aircraft maintenance functions will be developed by Airbus.

Additionally, Rockwell Collins will provide navigation system components consisting of the ADF-900 automatic direction finder, DME-2100 distance measuring equipment and the VOR-900 VHF omnidirectional radio receiver for the A350.

Prior contracts won by Rockwell Collins for the A350 cover the provision of a fully integrated communication global work package, the avionics data network, landing guidance systems and the trimmable horizontal stabilizer actuator.

Today’s award means that the A350 XWB “will have more Rockwell Collins content than any Airbus platform in history”, says Rockwell Collins executive VP and chief operating officer Kelly Ortberg in a statement.

Work on the A350 contract will take place at Rockwell Collins’ locations in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Irvine, California; Melbourne, Florida; and Toulouse, France.

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Source: Flight International