Rolls-Royce secures Saudi engine support contracts

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has concluded contracts with BAE Systems to support the EJ200 engines powering the Typhoon fleet of the Royal Saudi Air Force. The two three-year contracts form part of the Salam Support Solution that has been agreed between the Governments of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom.

Under the terms of the contracts, Rolls-Royce and its subsidiary Rolls-Royce Saudi Arabia Limited will lead support for the engine fleet on behalf of the EUROJET consortium.

A key element of the new contracts is that initial in-country support activity on the EJ200 engines will be conducted in Saudi Arabia. This will involve conducting some repairs onsite and preparing engines and modules for transport back to Europe for deeper maintenance requirements if needed.

Martin Fausset, Managing Director of Rolls-Royce Defence Aerospace, said: “We are delighted at this opportunity to cement our relationship with BAE Systems in support of the Typhoon aircraft for the Royal Saudi Air Force. Working closely with the prime contractor we have designed this solution using the experience gained supporting the UK’s EJ200 fleet and look forward to delivering high levels of service performance to the Royal Saudi Air Force.”

Al Smith, Rolls-Royce Senior Vice President for the Middle East and a Director of Rolls-Royce Saudi Arabia Limited, said: “This is a milestone contract for Rolls-Royce and its European partners in the long history of our partnership with Saudi Arabia. The support will involve a mixture of Saudi nationals and is the first step of the plans for the EJ200 engine in Saudi Arabia.”

  1. Rolls-Royce, a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. Rolls-Royce is the world's number two defence aero engine company with 160 customers in 103 countries. The company offers engines in all key defence market sectors - combat, transport, helicopters, trainers, patrol, maritime and reconnaissance - and is well positioned on a number of new programmes that will deliver products over the next decade and beyond.
  3. Rolls-Royce is a 33 per cent partner in EUROJET, the European engine consortium that produces the EJ200 which the powers the Eurofighter Typhoon - Europe’s biggest-ever military aviation programme. Together with MTU Aero Engines of Germany, Italy’s Avio and ITP of Spain, Rolls-Royce is engaged in the design, development manufacturing, in-service support and export of the EJ200.
  4. Rolls-Royce has developed MissionCare, a comprehensive suite of support packages designed to deliver power to customers whenever and wherever they need it. MissionCare provides a simple, structured approach to engine support that offers better value through reduced costs and increased availability and reliability. It enables more predictable budgeting and performance-based metrics and combines the benefits of the experience and expertise gained by Rolls-Royce in supporting over 160 defence customers.
  5. Rolls-Royce has established Rolls-Royce Saudi Arabia LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary with offices in Riyadh. Rolls-Royce Saudi Arabia LLC’s formation is in recognition of the Company’s growing business interests in the Kingdom and to enhance customer support. The LLC will enable the Company to trade directly in Saudi for services and to bring the necessary people into the Kingdom.

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