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04 Nov 15. Rockwell Collins is marking its 60th anniversary in the United Kingdom with the official opening of a new center of excellence in Winnersh, Wokingham, to support its commercial and military customers.
Employees from the company’s previous facility in Reading, approximately five miles away, began working at the new building this week.
“The opening of this brand new facility in conjunction with celebrating our 60th anniversary is a demonstration of our continuous investment in the UK,” said Colin Mahoney, senior vice president, International & Service Solutions for Rockwell Collins. “From this new center of excellence, we’ll respond to customer demand by bringing to the market innovative capabilities in areas such as satellite navigation and networking.”
The new building features 40,000 square feet of laboratory facilities with research and development space, plus 30,000 square feet of offices over three floors. It has been specially designed to host high-value engineering, business development, program management and shared service functions.
With three main sites at Winnersh, Burgess Hill and Crawley, Rockwell Collins currently employs over 480 people in the U.K. with exports representing over 75 percent of its revenues. Since 1955, Rockwell Collins has expanded its presence in the U.K. to provide a comprehensive range of aviation electronics, communications, and simulation and training solutions to governments, aircraft manufacturers and OEMs in the United Kingdom, Europe and around the world.
Rockwell Collins is an approved British defense contractor and works closely with all facets of the defense industry, from small and medium enterprises to large multinational defense firms. Past successes such as the company’s involvement in the U.K. Bowman program and the U.K. Defense HF Communication Service have come through partnerships and collaborations.
03 Nov 15. Henry Brothers and Balfour Beatty contracted to support Typhoon programme. The UK’s Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has awarded two contracts worth £15m for two projects at Royal Air Force (RAF) Lossiemouth in Moray, north east Scotland, supporting the Typhoon aircraft at the base. The RAF Lossiemouth station is a fast jet main operating base and is home to squadrons operating both the Typhoon and Tornado jets. Project manager Jim Ellistone said: “DIO is currently undertaking a considerable amount of work at RAF Lossiemouth to support the three Typhoon squadrons now stationed here. These two projects are completely new facilities and an important part of the overall Typhoon programme.” As part of the latest development, Henry Brothers received a contract worth more than £9m for an installed engine test facility to house aircraft undergoing testing following the repair or replacement of an engine. The new facility will feature technology that will allow to keep the aircraft in place while the engine is running and an instant fire suppression system. Moreover, it will include soundproofing technology in order to minimise engine noise to a safe level and deaden sound waves which could otherwise damage the aircraft. Balfour Beatty Regional Construction received the second contract worth £6m to construct a Typhoon Propulsion Service Facility. The new facility that comprises of a workshop and office space will allow Rolls Royce engineers to rebuild, support and supply the EJ200 engines used by 3 Typhoon Squadron.
It will feature a highly secure storage area for the engines in hermetically sealed weatherproof ‘engine pods’.
Ellistone added: “The Installed Engine Test Facility and Typhoon Propulsion Service Facility will a