Rolls-Royce helicopter engines achieve 200 million flight hours

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Rolls-Royce family of helicopter engines has now surpassed the 200 million flight hour, accumulated over the last fifty years, underscoring the Group’s leading position in the helicopter market.

Providing power from 300 shp to 7300 shp, Rolls-Royce has one of the broadest ranges of turboshaft engines available. Rolls-Royce helicopter engines power over 150 applications in more than 120 nations in a variety of military and civil roles.

Ken Roberts, President of the Rolls-Royce Helicopter Engine business, said:
“The Rolls-Royce helicopter engine family has a market leading position and unsurpassed flight experience. This experience enables us to improve existing engines and deliver more advanced new products to market.”

Among its newest products, Rolls-Royce introduced the RR family of small engines beginning with the launch of the RR300 in 2007. The RR300 is the powerplant for Robinson Helicopter Company’s five-seat R66 and is being considered by other potential customers for a number of new applications.

The range of Rolls-Royce helicopter engines comprises the Model 250 (Series II, III, and IV), RR300, Gem, Gnome, T800, MTR390 and RTM322. Rolls-Royce has manufactured over 34,000 helicopter turbine engines over the last 50 years.

  1. 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.
  2. 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, US, 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.
  3. Rolls-Royce continues to invest in core technologies, products, people and capabilities with the objective of broadening and strengthening the product portfolio, improving efficiency and enhancing the environmental performance of its products.
  4. In 2008, Rolls-Royce invested over £800 million on research and development, two thirds of which has the objective of further improving the environmental aspects of its products. The primary technology investment area is aimed at reducing noise and emissions.
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