Rolls-Royce awarded IDIQ contract for advanced propulsion technologies

Monday, 26 January 2009

Rolls-Royce today announced that the company has been awarded an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ), multi-year contract by the U.S. Air Force. The contract supports ongoing development activity with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) program, Versatile Affordable Advanced Turbine Engines (VAATE) Phase II/III. The contract provides a potential value of $185 million over its term, if exercised, and will be handled by Rolls-Royce North American Technologies, Inc. (LibertyWorks®).

Phil Burkholder, Chief Operating Officer for LibertyWorks, said: “We are pleased to be part of the team progressing propulsion technology into VAATE II. The envisioned technologies aim to provide significant capability improvements to military propulsion systems and it is exciting to be working with the AFRL to help turn that vision into a reality. LibertyWorks will continue to develop advanced propulsion technologies under this contract to include Adaptive Versatile Engine Technology (ADVENT), Highly Efficient Embedded Turbine Engine (HEETE), and other VAATE II technologies.”

VAATE is a joint effort with industry, Department of Defense (DoD), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and Department of Energy (DOE) focused on a ten-fold increase in turbine engine affordable capability by 2017. VAATE focuses on new, game-changing propulsion technologies that will optimize the capabilities, such as higher altitude and longer endurance applications, of the aircraft and maximize mission success.

  1. LibertyWorks®, known officially as Rolls-Royce North American Technologies Inc., has a long history of service to the U.S. military. Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S., LibertyWorks - previously known as Allison Advanced Development Co. (AADC) -has contributed technology to the F-35 Lightning II LiftFan and F136 engine; IHPTET (Integrated High Performance Turbine Engine Technology) program; and the RATTLRS supersonic missile.
  2. In September 2007, Rolls-Royce was awarded a $19.6 million contract by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory for work that will be carried out on HEETE. The HEETE technology program is a key element within the U.S. Air Force's Versatile Affordable Advanced Turbine Engines (VAATE) program that aims to provide game-changing propulsion system capabilities with superior fuel efficiency.
  3. In August 2007, Rolls-Royce was awarded a $296 million contract by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory for work that will be carried out on ADVENT (Adaptive Versatile Engine Technology), a technology demonstrator program for future U.S. Military aerospace platforms. ADVENT work will focus on the development of variable cycle features that will enable a high-thrust capability and a separate loiter operation with reduced fuel consumption.
  4. 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, defense aerospace, marine and energy.
  5. Rolls-Royce continues to invest in core technologies, products, people and capabilities with the objective of broadening and strengthening the product and service portfolio, improving efficiency and enhancing the environmental performance of its products.
  6. Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising 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 120 countries.

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