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Cheltenham aerospace firm agrees licensing deal with Honeywell

Ontic, a licensor and manufacturer of complex engineered parts for the aerospace and defense industries, has licensed the RDR4A/B Weather Radar Systems product line from Honeywell in an exclusive agreement.

The weather radar platform line is an essential system for aircraft, and comprises of a receiver/transmitter, antenna, antenna drive unit, control panels and mounting trays.

The product line is fitted to an array of platforms, including the Boeing 737 family, 777 and 757, as well as the Airbus A320-CL, A330 and A340, serving some of the world's biggest operators of these platforms.

The agreement includes repair, manufacturing, spare sales, repairs and support for the complete product line.

Initial transfer from Honeywell to Ontic will take place at Ontic's Singapore facility, covering the Asia Region, followed by the Chatsworth facility for the US.

The final transfer will see the UK bases at Cleeve Business Park and Staverton stood up to support European operations. Additional support is expected in France from early 2023.

Ontic said that its existing radar capability means experts are on hand around the globe to support the product line - which hopes to reduce aircraft downtime and ensure the continued safety of aircraft, crew and passengers.

Gareth Blackbird, Ontic vice president and chief commercial officer, said: "We're delighted to be commencing work on this product line and utilizing our existing radar support capability.

"Adding to this, our recent multi-million dollar investment across our facilities is testament to the fact we have the infrastructure and expertise to deliver.

"We are delighted to provide a global solution for this licensing agreement."

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