Rolls-Royce awarded $235m USAF services agreements

Friday, 2 February 2007

Rolls-Royce, the world-leading provider of power systems and services, has signed two contracts with the US Air Force for aftermarket services and spares for C-130J military transport aircraft. The two contracts have a total value of up to $235 million over five years.

Under the services contracts, Rolls-Royce will provide comprehensive propulsion system services for its AE 2100D3 engines, Dowty R-391 propellers and other propulsion system items on C-130J aircraft. The aircraft are flown by the US Air Force, US Air Force Training Command, Air National Guard, US Air Force Reserve and US Air Force Special Operations Command.

The agreement covers the entire propulsion system on the C-130J aircraft, including support for all supply and off-wing maintenance on the engines and propellers, and providing depot maintenance on the nacelles. Rolls-Royce will also supply 17 AE 2100D3 engines and additional spare parts required to ensure full availability of the propulsion system.

Rolls-Royce will provide field representatives on-site at operational bases and propulsion system programme management and technical support at Robins Air Force Base. Rolls-Royce will also continue operation of the US Air Force Inventory Control Point established in Indianapolis, IN, USA in 2006. The Inventory Control Point distributes propulsion system parts worldwide to wherever the US Air Force is operating C-130J aircraft.

The C-130 has been the USAF’s primary tactical transport and special mission aircraft since 1956, powered by Rolls-Royce T56 engines. The latest version of the aircraft, which is powered by AE 2100D3 engines, continues that legacy.

Dennis Jarvi, President of Rolls-Royce Defense North America, said: “The US Air Force is a major customer for Rolls-Royce and we are confident that these new agreements will ensure propulsion system availability to meet the USAF mission. We are proud of our long history with the USAF and these tailored service agreements represent a partnership focused on performance.”

  1. The AE 2100D3 is a lightweight, modular turboprop engine with 4,600 shaft-horsepower and has accumulated more than one million flight hours. The powerplant is part of the “common core” AE engine line produced by Rolls-Royce. The reliable and proven AE engine line, which has topped 25 million flight hours, is manufactured in Indianapolis, IN.
  2. The contract is administered by the 330th Tactical Air Support Group Headquarters at Warner Robins Air Logistics Centre, located at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. The Rolls-Royce defence services business in the U.S. is centred in Indianapolis, IN.
  3. Rolls-Royce has services agreements in place with all branches of the US Military, including the Air Force, Marines, Army and Navy, plus the Coast Guard.
  4. Rolls-Royce operates in four global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy. It is investing in technologies and capabilities that can be exploited in each of these sectors to create a competitive range of products.
  5. Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising 600 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces and more than 2,000 marine customers, including 70 navies. The company has energy customers in 120 countries. Rolls-Royce is a technology leader, employing around 37,000 people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in 50 countries.

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