Rolls-Royce awarded MissionCare contract for C-130J engine support to Royal Norwegian Air Force

Friday, 27 February 2009

Rolls-Royce today announced a $23 million support services and spares contract for AE 2100D3 engines with the U.S. Air Force. The engines are installed in C-130J military transport aircraft intended for the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF).

Dennis Jarvi, President Defense North America for Rolls-Royce, said: “This MissionCare™ contract is extremely important for Rolls-Royce and the U.S. Air Force as it opens the door for future international opportunities and broadens the reach of this versatile transport aircraft. We will continue to deliver superior services to the U.S. Air Force and look forward to building on this by providing the Royal Norwegian Air Force with propulsion system support that will help them meet their mission needs."

This MissionCare™ contract is modelled after the USAF Power By The Hour® contract to provide a comprehensive propulsion support package to the RNoAF on a per engine flight hour basis. The contract covers on-site technical support, maintenance support, training, spare parts, supply replenishment with Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) for the engine and R391 Dowty propeller.

The C-130 has been the U.S. Air Force’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, continue that legacy.

The sale of C-130J military transport aircraft to RNoAF will increase Norway’s ability to provide intra-theater lift for its troops serving in peacekeeping and humanitarian relief operations worldwide.

  1. 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.
  2. The AE 2100 engines are part of the Rolls-Royce AE “common core” engine line. Along with the AE 3007 and AE 1107C-Liberty, the proven engine line has totalled more than 21 million hours of service.
  3. In 2007, Rolls-Royce announced services agreements with the U.S. Air Force for aftermarket services and spares for C-130J military transport aircraft. The two contracts have a total value of up to $235 million dollars over five years. Other contracts to support AE 2100 engines on C-130J aircraft also in use by the Marines and Coast Guard, as well as Britain’s RAF and Royal Danish Air Force.
  4. Rolls-Royce, the world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, operates in four global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy. It is investing in technology and capability that can be exploited in each of these sectors to create a competitive range of products.
  5. As the world leader in military transport aircraft, Rolls-Royce provides the engine for the new C-27J, C-130J and V-22 Osprey and powers more than 2,800 fixed and rotary-wing aircraft currently in service with the United States and other international armed forces. These include such mission-critical aircraft as: the Global Hawk; the AV-8B Harrier and V-22 Osprey; the T-45 Goshawk and P-3 Orion; the OH-58 Kiowa and Kiowa Warrior and MH-6 Little Bird helicopters; and C-130 Hercules transports.
  6. Each year Rolls-Royce invests around 10 per cent of revenues in research and development which amounted to £885m of gross investment in 2008, around half of which is customer funded. Around two thirds of this gross investment 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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