Rolls-Royce awarded $106 million MissionCare™ contract for KC-130J engine support to U.S. Marine Corps
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
Rolls-Royce today announced a $106 million MissionCare™ contract with U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) to provide support for Rolls-Royce AE 2100D3-powered KC-130J tanker aircraft, flown by the United States Marine Corps (USMC). The contract covers one base year plus three option years and is the second AE 2100D3 support contract Rolls-Royce has been awarded this year.
Dennis Jarvi, President Defense North America for Rolls-Royce, said:
“Rolls-Royce has been providing support services to the USMC KC-130J program since 2003 and we are pleased to build on that long standing relationship. MissionCare will deliver improved mission readiness with more predictable costs to the USMC, supporting the propulsion system throughout its entire lifecycle.”
MissionCare is a comprehensive engine-care program customized to meet the needs of Rolls-Royce defense customers. The KC-130J MissionCare contract is truly "power by the hour” - a single contract line item number is used to pay a fixed price based on aircraft hours flown. Contract performance is measured almost exclusively against the fleet-driven performance metric of engine availability.
Under the terms of the agreement, which is administered by NAVAIR at Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, Maryland, Rolls-Royce will provide engine management, support, trouble shooting, parts supply and logistics support for the aircraft, operating at three U.S. Marine Air Stations: Miramar, CA, Cherry Point, NC and Okinawa, Japan.
- The AE 2100D3 is a lightweight, modular turboprop engine with 4,600 shaft-horsepower. The “common core” AE engine line is produced by Rolls-Royce and manufactured in Indianapolis, IN. Along with the AE 3007 and AE 1107C-Liberty, the proven engine line has totaled more than 21 million hours of service.
- Rolls-Royce has services agreements in place with all branches of the U.S. military, including the Air Force, Marines, Army and Navy, plus the Coast Guard.
- The C-130 has been the U.S. Department of Defense’s primary tactical transport and special mission aircraft since 1956, powered by Rolls-Royce T56 engines. The “J” version of the aircraft, powered by AE 2100D3 engines, continues that legacy.
- Rolls-Royce, a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, has established strong positions in its four global markets - civil aerospace, defense aerospace, marine and energy.
- The company has a broad customer base including more than 600 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 2,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in nearly 120 countries. With facilities in 50 countries, Rolls-Royce employs 39,000 people worldwide and has businesses headquartered in the UK, U.S., Canada, Germany, Scandinavia and China. This global presence allows the Group to access long-term international growth opportunities with its technology, presence, partnerships and people.
- In 2008, Rolls-Royce and its partners invested over £800 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental aspects of its products. The primary technology investment area is aimed at reducing noise and emissions.