Collins Aerospace, a subsidiary of RTX, has reached the production phase of the 1-megawatt power generator for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), integrated into the Turbine Innovations for Profitable Operational Capacity program.
Start of production and future testing
After passing the demanding design processes, Collins Aerospace plans to complete the manufacturing phase and reach the testing phase to technological readiness level 5 in 2024.
The evaluations are carried out in The grid Collins’ innovative $50 million electrical systems plant, expected to open in Rockford, Illinois, in October.
Previous experiences and strategic collaborations
The generator in question leverages Collins’ decades of experience with propulsion systems for aerial platforms, including fighter aircraft like the F-22 and that F-35 and the 787 airliner.
In parallel, Collins is working on the 1 MW motor for the RTX hybrid-electric prototype with the vision of expanding its solution offering. Pratt & Whitney, another RTX division, is exploring synergies and integration options with the generator in question.
Executive statements and future prospects
“To meet the electrical needs of future military platforms powered by hybrid propulsion systems and high-performance weapons, a significant increase in electrical capacity is required. Our efficient and safe 1MW generator is designed to meet these new requirements,” he said. Bill Dolan Vice President of Power Engineering and Controls at Collins.
Collins Aerospace and RTX profile
Collins Aerospace, a key company within RTX, excels in providing groundbreaking solutions to the global aerospace and defense industries. With a workforce of 80,000 employees, the company is committed to proposing tomorrow’s technologies for more sustainable and efficient aviation.
For its part, RTX is the leading defense and aerospace company, with a global presence and more than 180,000 employees. His vision is to push technological boundaries to strengthen connections and defenses worldwide. With 2022 revenue of $67 billion, RTX has its operational epicenter in Arlington, Virginia.