BENGALURU- At present, Honeywell is in the process of developing an advanced flight management system (FMS) and additional components for the Boeing 777X.
The Boeing 777X is recognized as the largest and most efficient twin-engine aircraft, anticipated to be introduced worldwide for commercial use by 2025.
Honeywell Boeing 777X FMS
Honeywell, a company headquartered in North Carolina, is engaged in designing, developing, and testing a wide range of avionics hardware. Further, the software systems, packages, platforms, and solutions.
These efforts occur at multiple aerospace laboratories in Bengaluru, India. Subsequently, the focus is on catering to various types of aircraft, including small, narrow-body, and wide-body airplanes.
An FMS (Flight Management System) is a computer system specialized in automating various tasks during a flight.
Its functionality includes displaying a flight plan that provides pilots with essential information. It includes passenger count, destination, flying distance, fuel capacity, takeoff, landing details, cruising speed, etc. Further, this ensures a safe and fuel-efficient flight experience.
In addition to their work on FMS, the company is also involved in designing comparable systems. Further, the essential communication infrastructure for Airbus aircraft models like the Airbus A320, A350, A380, and others. These activities take place at multiple labs operated by the company in India.
Honeywell is currently engaged in designing and developing comprehensive avionics systems for the E1 and E2. Further, these are medium-range twinjet airliners manufactured by Embraer, a Brazilian aircraft manufacturer.
These avionics systems are being built on Honeywell’s Epic Cockpit platform, known as Primus Epic 2.0. Further, this advanced platform enhances interactive navigation capabilities and improves the performance and safety of the aircraft.
According to Honeywell, it achieves this by identifying challenging terrain. Efficiently redirecting flight paths, ensuring a more secure and optimized flying experience.
Furthermore, Honeywell is also involved in similar avionics projects for business jets produced by Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a U.S.-based company. Also, with Dassault Aviation, a French aerospace firm.
These ongoing projects aim to develop cutting-edge avionics systems for business jets. Further leveraging Honeywell’s expertise in the field.
Honeywell India Expansion
According to Niranjan Kalyandurg, Vice President of Engineering & Aerospace Leader at Honeywell Technology Solutions Ltd, Honeywell is anticipating more global projects aimed at improving aircraft communication, navigation, and performance.
Depending on the specific expertise required, the company’s labs in India, the Czech Republic, Europe, and the U.S. will collaborate to handle these projects. Mr. Kalyandurg shared this information in an interview with The Hindu.
Aerospace is a significant focus area for Honeywell, and out of the company’s total global revenue of $34.5 billion in 2022, the aerospace sector contributed $11.9 billion. Within aerospace, avionics alone generated revenue worth $4.5 billion, according to Mr. Kalyandurg.
Over the past 29 years, Honeywell has invested $130 million in establishing more than 10 aero labs in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Madurai.
The company’s aerospace division employs 2,100 aero engineers, while the overall workforce of Honeywell in India exceeds 13,000 employees across various verticals.
Air Mobility Lab
Honeywell Technology Solutions is planning to establish an Advanced Air Mobility Lab in Madurai specifically dedicated to drone testing.
According to a senior executive, the company sees significant market potential in the drone sector, particularly from a defense drone perspective.
The lab will encompass both indoor and outdoor facilities, with the outdoor area covering approximately 40,000 square feet (equivalent to 70% of a football field).
The outdoor space will be enclosed with a net at a height of 80 feet, providing a controlled testing environment. Niranjan Kalyandurg, Vice-President and Aero India Leader at Honeywell Technology Solutions shared these details.
The launch of the lab, which will be part of Honeywell’s presence in Madurai, is expected to take place in either August or September.
The primary objectives of the facility include verifying and validating Honeywell’s developed algorithms, technologies, and solutions, facilitating the use of the lab by the ecosystem, particularly students from universities who can gain hands-on experience with unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and advanced air mobility systems.
Additionally, the lab will serve as a platform to showcase various technologies and products related to UAS and advanced air mobility to customers in the region.
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