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CMC to launch FronTier™ R&D initiative

phpehebyaamJan. 13, 2009, Montreal - Esterline CMC Electronics will invest $149.4 million over the next five years following a government decision to support an initiative to develop a new commercial avionics and communications platform.


January 13, 2009
By Carey Fredericks

phpehebyaamJan. 13, 2009, Montreal – Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) will invest $149.4 million in research and development over the next five years following the Canadian government decision to support an initiative to develop an industry-leading commercial avionics and communications platform through a repayable investment for R&D.

The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, and the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, announced today that Canada’s Innovation & Technology Office – Strategic Aerospace & Defense Initiative (ITO-SADI) will invest $52.3 million over the same period in support of CMC FronTier™ cockpit R&D initiative.  

CMC’s $149.4 million in R&D investment will aim at innovative technologies for this commercial integrated cockpit and communication system destined for business jets as well as helicopters and air transport aircraft.  FronTier™ will help position CMC as a major player in the field of avionics design and integration.

“By undertaking the FronTier™ R&D initiative, CMC will continue its focus on innovation, knowledge and knowhow and develop products and systems which will meet and exceed aircraft operators’ requirements”, said Jean-Pierre Mortreux, president and CEO of CMC.  “We will be aiming at reducing the cost of aircraft ownership, improving safety, increasing capacity and reducing environmental impact of aircraft operations”.

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CMC Electronics (www.cmcelectronics.ca ) designs and produces leading technology electronics products for the aviation and global positioning markets.  CMC’s focus is on delivering innovative cockpit systems integration and avionics solutions to its customers worldwide.  Its principal locations are in Montreal, Quebec; Ottawa, Ontario; and Chicago, Illinois.  CMC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Esterline Corporation (NYSE:ESL, www.esterline.com), a specialized aerospace and defense company headquartered in Bellevue, Washington.  Esterline employs over 9,000 people worldwide.