Rolls-Royce secures RotorWay International for RR300 engine
Wednesday, 29 July 2009
Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has been selected to power the RotorWay Eagle 300T turbine twin-seat helicopter with RR300B1 engines. As part of this agreement, RR300 engines will be delivered to RotorWay International through 2017.
The RR300B1 is the second new model in the RR300 program, the fourth new release in the RR family of engines and one of six new civil engine programs Rolls-Royce has launched in 36 months. The engine’s development program has progressed quickly since its 2007 launch, with production and deliveries commencing in 2008.
Key attributes of the RR300 include: low acquisition and operating costs; low-weight, compact design; improved specific fuel consumption; an embedded engine monitoring system; and ability to burn a variety of available jet fuels.
Ken Roberts, President of the Rolls-Royce Helicopter Engine business said: “We are pleased to be entering into this new partnership with RotorWay, which will enable them to expand on the range of popular piston-powered helicopters in their product portfolio. The selection of a gas turbine engine to power RotorWay’s new, civil-certified Eagle 300T is an excellent opportunity for Rolls-Royce to demonstrate the power, versatility and benefits of the RR300 engine.”
- Rolls-Royce is the world-leading producer of light turbine engines in the helicopter market. The M250 line has produced 30,000 engines, more than half of which are still in service with approximately 4,500 operators in 150 nations. The M250 family has accumulated over 195 million flight hours, providing an unmatched level of expertise in every conceivable operational condition.
Rolls-Royce turboshaft and turboprop engines provide power in the 300 shp to more than 6,000 shp range, powering over 200 aircraft models to date including the O&N Silver Eagle P210; AgustaWestland Super Lynx; Lockheed Martin C-130J; Saab 2000 and the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey. This creates a broad base of market opportunities for both rotary and fixed-winged aircraft.
- 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.
- 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 more than 38,000 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.
- In 2008, Rolls-Royce and its partners invested $1.4 billion in research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental aspects of its products, in particular the reduction of emissions