Our ram air turbine (RAT) is at the heart of an aircraft’s emergency power system. In fact, RATs are responsible for saving more than 2,400 lives over the past five decades.
If an airplane were to lose power, the RAT would deploy from the airplane’s wing or fuselage and rotates to extract sufficient power from the airstream to control and land the aircraft.
RATs are designed to be small and have a self-governing device that limits the turbine’s speed. Collins Aerospace designs and manufactures hydraulic, electric and hybrid RATs.