Collins Aerospace
IndustryAerospace and industrial
Number of locations
300+ [1]
ProductsActuation systems, aerostructures, airport services, avionics, cabin management, communications, displays, electric systems, electronic warfare systems, engine components, engine & control systems, interiors, landing gear, navigation, propeller systems, sensors & integrated systems, simulation & training, space systems, wheels & brakes
ServicesEngineering services, repair services, spare parts, technical support
  • DecreaseUS$1.47 billion (2020) [2]
  • US$4.1 billion (2019)[3]
Number of employees
68,000 (2021)
ParentRaytheon Technologies
DivisionsAerostructures, Avionics, Interiors, Mechanical Systems, Missions Systems, Power & Controls

Collins Aerospace, a Raytheon Technologies subsidiary, is one of the world's largest suppliers of aerospace and defense products, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States.[4]


On 26 November 2018, United Technologies announced the completion of its Rockwell Collins acquisition, after which it merged its newly acquired business with UTC Aerospace Systems to form Collins Aerospace. The new company reported $26 billion of combined sales in 2019 and is composed of 68,000 employees.[1][5] In 2020 United Technologies merged with Raytheon Company to form Raytheon Technologies.


Collins Aerospace is engaged in designing, manufacturing and servicing systems and components for commercial aviation, business aviation, military and defense, helicopters, space, airports, and other industries.

Collins Aerospace has six strategic business units: Aerostructures, Avionics, Interiors, Mechanical Systems, Missions Systems, and Power & Controls.[4]


Based in Chula Vista, California, Aerostructures includes nacelle systems, flight control surfaces, naval composites and other material and structural components.


Based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Avionics includes commercial and government avionics systems, cabin management and content systems, information management systems and services, fire protection services, and aircraft sensors.


Based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Interiors includes aircraft seating, interior systems, evacuation systems, galleys and galley inserts, lavatories, life rafts, lighting; veneers, potable water systems, and de- icing products.

Mechanical Systems

Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Mechanical Systems includes landing systems, actuation, propellers, flight controls, pilot controls, hoist and winch systems, and cargo systems.

Missions Systems

Based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mission Systems includes secure military communication, navigation and guidance; missile actuation; simulation, training and range instrumentation; strategic command and control; unmanned aircraft systems; electronic warfare; ejection seats and propulsion; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; and spacecraft systems.

Power & Controls

Based in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, Power & Controls includes electric systems, engine controls, air management, and airframe controls.

Ithaco Space Systems, Inc.

Collins Aerospace is the owner of Ithaco Space Systems, Inc., formerly owned by Goodrich Company. Ithaco has produced items for the field of satellite control since 1962, such as Earth sensors, reaction/momentum wheels, magnetometers, and magnetic torquers.[6]

In addition to over 100 U.S. satellites, equipment made by Ithaco has flown on Japanese, Canadian, French, German, Spanish, Swedish, and Argentinean spacecraft. Ithaco became notable for having manufactured the reaction wheels of the Kepler spacecraft, the Hayabusa spacecraft, the Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics (TIMED) satellite, and the Dawn spacecraft, which developed problems or even failed.[7]


On 20 August 2021, Collins Aerospace announced the acquisition of FlightAware for an undisclosed amount. FlightAware is a technology company that provides real-time, historical, and predictive flight data and flight-tracking products.[8]

See also


  1. ^ a b "2020 Annual Report". Raytheon Technologies. Retrieved 16 April 2021.
  2. ^ "2020 Annual Report". Raytheon Technologies. p. 24. Retrieved 16 April 2021.
  3. ^ "UTC 2019 Annual Report". United Technologies Corporation. p. 22. Retrieved 16 April 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Contact". Collins Aerospace. Archived from the original on 1 April 2020. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  5. ^ "United Technologies [...] Completes Acquisition of Rockwell Collins" (Press release). United Technologies. 26 November 2018. Archived from the original on 20 March 2020. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Attitude Control". NASA Spinoff. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
  7. ^ Cowen, Ron (21 May 2013). "The wheels come off Kepler". Nature. 497 (7450): 417–418. Bibcode:2013Natur.497..417C. doi:10.1038/497417a. PMID 23698418.
  8. ^ "Collins Aerospace to acquire FlightAware". Retrieved 31 August 2021.