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Hamilton Sundstrand A400M Propeller System Fully Functional on C-130 Test Bed

2008-07-15 08:49:00


/EMWNews-FirstCall/ -- Hamilton Sundstrand's FH386 propeller system,

specifically designed for the Military Transport A400M, is installed on

Marshall Aerospace's C-130 flying test bed. Hamilton Sundstrand is a

subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

    The C-130 is being used as a test bed by Marshall Aerospace under

contract to Airbus Military, to flight-test the A400M's engines and

propeller system before they are flown on the A400M prototype aircraft. The

C-130 flying test bed is currently being ground-tested prior to flight

testing later this summer.

    Ratier-Figeac, France, an affiliate of Hamilton Sundstrand, is

supplying the A400M propellers. The FH386 propeller system is a 17.5

foot-diameter propeller with eight all-composite blades providing more than

twice the thrust of C-130 propellers. The FH386 propellers will be mounted

to four turboprop engines, each producing more than 10,000 horsepower,

which will allow the A400M to cruise at up to Mach 0.72.

    "The A400M is a state-of-the-art military aircraft," said Gerard

Malabre, Hamilton Sundstrand-Ratier Figeac A400M propeller program manager.

"Hamilton Sundstrand-Ratier Figeac is pleased to provide Airbus Military

this ground-breaking propulsion system."

    In addition to the FH386 propeller system, Hamilton Sundstrand's suite

of A400M equipment also includes the Trimmable Horizontal Stabilizer

Actuator; Auxiliary Power Unit; emergency power system; Secondary Electric

Power Distribution Center chassis assembly; and heat sensing and throttle

control equipment.

    The A400M program is expected to generate approximately $2.1 billion in

revenue for Hamilton Sundstrand over the life of the program.

    The A400M large military transport aircraft is specifically designed to

meet the needs of European NATO nations, and requirements of air forces

around the world. The aircraft is scheduled for first delivery to the

French Air Force in 2010.

    With 2007 revenues of $5.6 billion, Hamilton Sundstrand employs

approximately 19,000 people worldwide and is headquartered in Windsor

Locks, Conn. Among the world's largest suppliers of technologically

advanced aerospace and industrial products, the company designs,

manufactures and services aerospace systems and provides integrated system

solutions for commercial, regional, corporate and military aircraft. It

also is a major supplier for international space programs.

    United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified

company providing high technology products and services to the building and

aerospace industries worldwide.

    This release includes "forward looking statements" concerning business

opportunities and other matters that are subject to risks and

uncertainties. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ

materially from those anticipated or implied in forward looking statements

include changes in government procurement priorities; challenges in the

design, development, production and support of advanced technologies and

new products; and delays and disruption in delivery of materials and

services from suppliers. For information identifying other important legal,

technological, competitive and other uncertainties, see UTC's SEC filings

as submitted from time to time, including but not limited to, the

information included in UTC's 10-K and 10-Q Reports under the headings

"Business," "Risk Factors," "Management's Discussion and Analysis of

Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and "Cautionary Note

Concerning Factors that May Affect Future Results," as well as the

information included in UTC's Current Reports on Form 8-K.

Contact: Dan Coulom 860-305-5471 Colleen Carroll 815-262-9825 Chalet D, 14 Exhibit Stand: Hall 4, F-14 44 (0) 1252 417 490

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