Hamilton Sundstrand Increases its A350XWB Content With Ratier-Figeac Cockpit Side Stick Controllers

June 15, 2009

PARIS, June 15 /PRNewswire/ — PARIS AIR SHOW — Airbus, an EADS company, has selected Hamilton Sundstrand’s Ratier-Figeac unit to supply cockpit side stick controllers for its new A350XWB (Extra Wide Body) aircraft family. Hamilton Sundstrand is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

Hamilton Sundstrand will provide one pilot and one co-pilot cockpit side stick controller per aircraft. They will be designed and produced at the company’s Ratier-Figeac facility in Figeac, France. The contract is worth approximately $200 million (USD).

“Hamilton Sundstrand is pleased to be the sole cockpit side stick controller provider for Airbus’ commercial aircraft line,” said Michel Ferey, Hamilton Sundstrand’s Ratier-Figeac president. “We are also excited to continue our partnership with Airbus as it develops its new A350XWB aircraft family. This selection further solidifies Hamilton Sundstrand’s position as a leading supplier of aircraft systems.”

In addition to being chosen to provide the A350′s cockpit side stick controllers, Hamilton Sundstrand was selected by Airbus to provide the A350 XWB’s Ram Air Turbine and electric power generation system. Ratier-Figeac was selected by Diehl to provide the cockpit flap control lever. Through ECE, a Zodiac company, Hamilton Sundstrand will provide the solid state power controllers for the aircraft’s electric power distribution system. Hamilton Sundstrand’s Kidde Aerospace & Defense business was selected by Honeywell to provide the aircraft’s bleed air overheat detection system. Through Honeywell, Hamilton Sundstrand’s Nord-Micro business will provide the aircraft’s ventilation control system including fans and humidification/dehumidification. Hamilton Sundstrand will also provide the pneumatic start system to Rolls-Royce for the Trent XWB engine.

Hamilton Sundstrand’s Ratier-Figeac unit designs, manufactures and services cockpit controls and actuation systems for commercial, regional, corporate and military aircraft. It is also the world’s largest propeller supplier for commercial and military aircraft.

With 2008 revenues of $6.2 billion, Hamilton Sundstrand employs approximately 18,000 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.

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