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Kidde in pounds 44m deal for latest China jet.

Former Williams Holdings firefighting equipment specialist Kidde yesterday confirmed that its aerospace subsidiary has landed a contract for work on the new Chinese ARJ21 regional jet.

Kidde has been contracted to develop the first totally integrated system to provide fire protection for the engines and auxiliary power unit, lavatory smoke detection and waste bin fire extinguishing, cabin portable fire extinguishers, as well as the bleed air leak detection for the plane, being developed by AVIC I Commercial Aircraft Co.

Deliveries will start in 2005 and the project is expected to generate revenue of over $70 million (pounds 44.5 million) to Kidde over the next 20 years.

The ARJ21 family of aircraft will have a capacity of 70 to 90 seats and will enter service in 2006.

ACAC has forecast that it will build 500 aircraft over the life of the project, including business and cargo derivatives, and is being designed to meet the diverse operating conditions of hot temperatures and high altitudes found in China.

Michael Harper, chief executive of Kidde, told shareholders: 'We are delighted to be part of the ARJ21 programme.

'ACAC wanted a fully integrated protection system and Kidde is well positioned to provide this solution with our well respected technology, specialised expertise and ability to deliver anywhere in the world.

'This win reaffirms Kidde's leading position in civil aviation fire protection and in particular in the growing regional jet market.'

Kidde is a leading supplier of fire and safety products, systems and services under a range of well-known and trusted brand names to industrial, commercial, aerospace, combustion control and retail customers. Some 95 per cent of the world's civil aircraft use Kidde products and systems to safeguard vulnerable areas.
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Date:Aug 28, 2003
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