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.