AES has received the Franco-German Business Award for 2015 in the “industrial collaboration” category. In this 50/50 joint venture, MTU Aero Engines and Sagem design, devel­op, and certify safety-critical hard­ware and soft­ware for commercial and military aviation.

AES Aero Embedded Solutions GmbH was founded in Munich in 2013 by MTU Aero Engines, Germany’s leading engine manu­facturer, and the French avionics specialist Sagem Défense Sécurité, which—like the engine manu­facturer Snecma—is part of the Safran Group.

The joint venture has con­cen­trated resources of expertise: 110 engineers from three continents and 15 countries contribute their know-how. “We mainly work on devel­oping engine control and monitoring systems as well as safety-related solutions for the control of landing gear and brakes,” explains Hüdepohl. AES’s develop­ments include the information systems for the A400M military trans­porter and the A380 passenger air­craft, the braking control system for the Embraer KC-390, the thrust reverser control unit for the Comac C919, and the engine control and monitoring units for the MTR390 helicopter engine.

Currently, AES engineers are working on a full-authority digital engine control system (FADEC) for Silvercrest (Snecma) and GE9X engines. In addition, they are over­hauling the Eurofighter’s FADEC system and are involved in updating the braking control system for the A350-1000.