Rolls-Royce awarded $32 million Model 250 service contract

Sunday, 22 February 2009

The U.S. Army has awarded Rolls-Royce a $32 million contract modification for provision of Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) services covering the Model 250 - powered OH-58 Kiowa Warrior military helicopter fleet. Today, the U.S. Department of Defense has more than 1000 Model 250-powered helicopters in service around the world.

As part of this CLS agreement, which will cover nine Kiowa Warrior units and more than 250 helicopters through 2010, Rolls-Royce will provide engine repair and overhaul as well as parts supply. In addition, field representatives will accompany OH-58 Kiowa Warrior units whenever and wherever they are deployed to provide tactical, hands-on support.

Ken Roberts, President of the Rolls-Royce Helicopter business said: “The OH-58 Kiowa Warrior fleet provides a vital capability for the U.S. Army, performing critical troop support and reconnaissance missions, often in extremely harsh environmental conditions.

Since 2000, the comprehensive services Rolls-Royce delivers have enabled the U. S. Army to concentrate on performing safe and effective missions in multiple theaters of operation. Our eighteen Rolls-Royce field representatives fully integrate with the units they are attached to, bringing real time support to our customers where it is most needed.”

The OH-58 Kiowa Warrior is a member of the OH-58 family of single-engine, single rotor military helicopters produced by Bell Helicopter.

Rolls-Royce is the world-leading producer of light turbine engines in the helicopter market. The Model 250 line has produced 30,000 engines, with approximately 16,000 currently in service worldwide in a wide range of aircraft styles.

  1. Originally developed as a 250 shp turboshaft / turboprop family to meet the needs of the U.S. Army, the Model 250 family has evolved into one of the industry’s most successful civil and military turbine engine product lines, with four generations of powerplants.
  2. The latest Model 250-C47B turboshaft is a FADEC-equipped engine that produces 650 mechanical shaft horsepower (813 thermodynamic shp) at take-off.
  3. The Model 250 family includes a variety of types, including the 420-450 shp Series II turboshaft, the 420-450 shp Series II turboprop, the Model 250-K34 industrial engine, the military Model 250-C30R/3 powerplant for the Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior and Boeing MH-6 Mission Enhanced Little Bird (MELB), and the 650-715 shp Series IV turboshaft.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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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