December 8, 2017
Contractor Agrees to a Civil Settlement Relating to the False Certifications of Helicopter Parts
On December 8, 2017, United Technologies Corporation (UTC) agreed to pay the U.S. Government $1.06 million on behalf of Goodrich Pump and Electric Control Systems (GPECS), a division of Goodrich Corporation. UTC agreed to settle charges that GPECS had issued false certifications about engine control assemblies sold and shipped to Rolls-Royce from 2005 through 2012. It was alleged that the engine control assemblies contained counterfeit microprocessors. Goodrich was incorporated into UTC Aerospace Systems in 2012.
As stated in the settlement agreement, Rolls-Royce was a prime contractor to the U.S. Army, and GPECS was a subcontractor to Rolls-Royce. GPECS sold its full authority digital engine control systems, including the engine control unit (FADEC/ECU), to Rolls-Royce for its M 250 series engines, which then were installed in U.S. Army helicopters, specifically the OH-58 Kiowa Warrior aircraft and A/MH-6M Mission Enhanced Little Bird (MELB). In addition, from 2005 through 2012, GPECS allegedly provided numerous false certifications to the Government regarding the authenticity of the FADEC/ECU assemblies, including 172 false certifications between 2011 and 2012.
Once the Government receives the full payment, the United States will release UTC from any further administrative monetary claims for the conduct covered in the settlement agreement.