BELLEVUE, Wash., 1 Feb. 2014. The Esterline Advanced Sensors business of Esterline Corp. (NYSE:ESL) is now solely responsible for integrating the Sensors System Package on the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 aero-engine, which powers Airbus A350-1000 aircraft.
Participation in this new program is an ideal opportunity for Esterline to strengthen its international competitiveness in sensors system packages and further expand its participation in the worldwide aero-engine business, says a company representative.
Esterline Advanced Sensors, under exclusive partnership agreements with Rolls-Royce, supplies sensors for the entire line of Trent XWB engines that power all current Airbus A350 variations.
Rolls-Royce will lead and direct the XWB-97 project, in which Esterline Advanced Sensors will develop, manufacture, and supply close to 30 high-precision pressure, temperature, speed, and torque sensing solutions for the engine. The project will also include mastering several other key parameters to meet Rolls-Royce's strict environmental and economic requirements, including weight reduction, durability of components, and exceptional performance over the life of the engine.
The Trent XWB-97 is the exclusive engine for the Airbus A350-1000 aircraft (350-seat class), the largest variant of the Airbus A350XWB aircraft family. The plane will deliver 97,000 pounds of thrust. This engine is being developed from the 84,000 pound-thrust Trent XWB engine, which powers the Airbus A350-800 and A350-900 aircraft variants. The Trent XWB-84 engine variant undertook its first flight test on an A350-900 aircraft in June 2013.
In addition to these Trent engine variants, Esterline has partnered on other Rolls-Royce engine programs, including the TP400 turboprop.
Esterline Advanced Sensors is a business platform within the Sensors & Systems segment of Esterline Corp., a worldwide supplier to the aerospace and defense industry specializing in three core areas: Advanced Materials; Avionics & Controls; and Sensors & Systems.
The Sensors & Systems segment includes operations that produce high-precision temperature and pressure sensors, specialized harsh-environment connectors and accessories, electrical power distribution equipment, and other related systems principally for aerospace and defense customers.