SINGAPORE, Feb. 16, 2016 – Honeywell Aerospace (NYSE: HON) has been selected by Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. to supply propulsion, environmental and safety technologies for the Japan Ministry of Defense’s 20 P-1 maritime patrol airplanes. The contract positions Honeywell as the largest non-Japanese supplier for Japan’s P-1 program and is the first multiyear aircraft procurement contract approved by the Japan Ministry of Defense.
Honeywell systems chosen by Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. (KHI) for the P-1 will improve the safety and mission effectiveness of Japan’s first indigenously developed and built maritime patrol airplane, while reducing procurement costs and providing budgetary flexibility for the Japanese military.
“Honeywell and KHI share a similar focus: to support and boost the mission effectiveness and improve the safety of Japan’s new P-1 airplane as the country continues to invest in defense,” said Mark Burgess, vice president, APAC, Defense and Space, Honeywell Aerospace. “Japan is a key long-term market for Honeywell, and the agreement with KHI is a significant win validating our growth strategy across defense in Japan and the broader Asia Pacific region. We also look forward to supporting KHI as they seek to export this very capable airplane around the world.”
Honeywell Systems on the P-1 Maritime Patrol Airplane
As part of the agreement, the P-1 will be equipped with Honeywell’s 131-9J Auxiliary Power Unit (APU), which is one of the most widely used, reliable and capable gas-powered turbine engines in the aerospace industry. The APU provides 5 percent fuel savings compared with a previous version of Honeywell’s APU, 20 percent higher reliability and availability, and 10 percent power advantage for superior cabin cooling compared with competitors’ traditional products.
Honeywell will also provide KHI with its Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System, a technology that uses inputs such as position, attitude, airspeed, glide slope and an internal terrain database to predict potential conflicts between the airplane and terrain or an obstacle. Honeywell’s SmartTraffic Traffic Collision Avoidance System, which helps improve traffic situational awareness and increase flight safety and efficiency, leading to significant cost savings of more than $25,000 per aircraft upgrade compared with competitors’ traditional products, will also be equipped on the P-1 to improve the Japanese military’s mission effectiveness.
Other systems supplied by Honeywell for the P-1 include the Cabin Pressure Control System, Engine Starter Bleed System Valve, Exterior and Interior Lighting, Personal Oxygen Unit, Ram Air Turbine, thermal Anti-Ice System, newly developed two-spool Air Conditioning System, Bleed Air System, and Sonobuoy Dispenser.
Honeywell’s Defense Presence in Japan
Honeywell has been supporting the Japan Ministry of Defense through direct imports and license production over the past 60 years. Today, Japan is one of Honeywell’s largest defense markets, and the company has established more than 20 licensing partners and trading companies in the country. Some of Honeywell’s key existing programs in Japan include supplying high-performance engines such as the T55 and a range of mechanical systems, electronics and avionics for the F-15 Eagle, CH-47 Chinook helicopter, P-3C Orion, Kawasaki C-2 and the ShinMaywa US-2.
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