Rolls-Royce secures £198 million contract to support UK Pegasus fleet

Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Rolls-Royce has been awarded a £198 million contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to support the Pegasus engines which provide the Harrier fleet with its unique Short Take Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) capability.

The 10-year contract provides a guaranteed level of availability of Pegasus engines to power the aircraft operating in the UK’s Joint Force Harrier, which is operated by both the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy.

Under the terms of the contract, Rolls-Royce will undertake all aspects of engine support, including the provision of replacement engines to meet customer demands, and technical support both at operating locations and from the Rolls-Royce state-of-the art facilities in Bristol.

The contract will be managed from the company’s Bristol site, with some activities taking place at RAF Wittering and the main repair and overhaul work will be undertaken at the Rolls-Royce facility in Ansty.

Martin Fausset, Managing Director of Rolls-Royce Defence Aerospace, said: “I am delighted that we have signed this important support contract with the MOD, which means that Rolls-Royce now provides a guaranteed level of availability for all engines powering the UK's Typhoon, Tornado and Harrier aircraft."

"We have built a relationship with the MOD that drives innovation and assures value for money, and we are incentivised to continuously improve the efficiency of the services that we provide. I am confident that the Pegasus contract will build on the success of the existing RB199 and EJ200 engine availability contracts in supporting the UK's operational capability."

Group Captain Andy Ebdon, Harrier Integrated Project Team Leader at the Ministry of Defence said: “Awarding this contract to Rolls-Royce for complete through-life support of Pegasus is a very significant achievement. It not only assures affordable engine availability, but also incentivises both industry and the MOD to actively work together to improve efficiency. The end effect is better value for money and improved support performance for the front.”

  1. 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, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. The Group has a broad customer base comprising 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. It employs around 39,000 people worldwide people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in 50 countries 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 is the world's number two defence aero engine company with 160 customers in 103 countries. The company offers engines in all key defence market sectors - combat, transport, helicopters, trainers, patrol, maritime and reconnaissance - and is well positioned on a number of new programmes that will deliver products over the next decade and beyond.
  4. Rolls-Royce is a pioneer in partnered support and availability contracting and services account for over half of the revenues of the defence aerospace business.
  5. The focal point for the rapidly expanding military engine support business is an Operations Centre, based in Bristol, which provides around-the-clock advice, guidance and information to Rolls-Royce programme managers, field representatives, deployed personnel and customers. In addition to the UK MOD support contracts, the centre is supporting an increasing number of international customers, including Adour support for Hawks based in Australia, the USA and Canada.
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