The US Navy has renewed its engine services contract with Rolls-Royce to provide support for the F405 engines which power T-45 training aircraft. The contract is worth $66 million to Rolls-Royce and is the fifth year of a five-year agreement.
Rolls-Royce, the sole provider of logistics support for the F405 (Adour) engine within the US Navy inventory, has exceeded engine availability targets since the programme began, supporting the US Navy’s intermediate and advanced training mission.
The US Navy has praised the effectiveness of this innovative services programme, which has also met all performance metrics since its inception. The contract has been developed in line with commercial Power By The Hour® agreements under a fixed price per engine flight hours.
Rolls-Royce provides all engine maintenance, support, trouble-shooting, parts supply and logistics coverage for more than 185 aircraft operating at Naval Air Stations in Meridian, Miss., and Kingsville, Texas.
The contract is administered by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) at NATC Patuxent River and the work is split between Meridian and Kingsville, Texas, along with some functions at Patuxent River, Md. Rolls-Royce employs 110 maintenance, supply and management personnel across five locations in support of this programme.
David Waggoner, President – Rolls-Royce Defense Services, said: “Rolls-Royce is proud of its partnership with the US Navy in support of their training mission. Under our commercial performance-based logistics arrangement, we work together with the Navy and their airframe CLS provider to ensure availability objectives are achieved. I’m proud to say we’ve exceeded this objective since day one, and we’re looking forward to another successful year.”