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Rockwell Collins Expands Relationship with HCL Technologies


Rockwell Collins, a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative communication and aviation electronics solutions, today announced an expanded strategic relationship with HCL Technologies Ltd. (“HCL”), India’s leading global IT services company and a world class partner in delivering product engineering and enterprise IT services to the aerospace industry.

Under the terms of this renewable agreement, HCL will serve as an extension of Rockwell Collins’ engineering centers, delivering high value services such as software, hardware and mechanical engineering for full product lifecycle development. Approximately 300 HCL engineers, professionals and experts will be dedicated be Rockwell Collins’ offshore design and development centers in Chennai and Bangalore.

“This new design center plays a key role in providing additional resources we need to advance smart communications and aviation electronic solutions for our worldwide customer base,” said Kelly Ortberg, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Commercial Systems at Rockwell Collins. “In addition to gaining increased efficiency through 24-hour a day engineering operations, having this center in Asia will increase our presence, visibility and access to our customers in that region of the globe.”

“Based on our history with HCL and past success, we’re confident this extended relationship will provide us with resources and ensure we continue to meet our technical goals and business objectives,” he noted.

“HCL’s relationship with Rockwell Collins began six years ago with a verification and validation project and has grown substantially in size and strategic relevance since,” said Shami Khorana, president of HCL America. “As one of the first aerospace companies to look to India as a strategic sourcing destination, Rockwell Collins has been a pioneer and leader in aerospace global sourcing and we’re thrilled to have contributed to the company’s success.”

HCL is the first Indian IT solutions provider to obtain AS 9100 certification, a testimony to the company’s quality and domain expertise. HCL’s aerospace business currently includes several global aerospace companies in its client roster including airframe manufacturers, system integrators and Tier 1 suppliers.

The services offered by HCL’s aerospace practice encompass embedded software, hardware design, engineering services, test equipments/rigs and applications development. The business is supported by practitioners combining more than 2,500 person years of experience in avionics-specific programming languages, methodologies, tools, operating systems, compilers and standards.


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