Rolls-Royce awarded $80 million contract for C-130J engine

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has been awarded a contract worth $80 million by the U.S. Air Force to provide AE 2100D3 spare engines and parts to power Lockheed Martin C-130J military transport aircraft for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, the Royal Norwegian Air Force and the Indian Air Force.

Dennis Jarvi, President Defense North America for Rolls-Royce, said: “Rolls-Royce is proud of its long-standing relationship with our Air Force and Marine Corps customers and are pleased that they continue to demonstrate their confidence in the AE 2100D3 engine.”

“The C-130J has earned an international reputation as a valuable, multi-role transport aircraft and Rolls-Royce is committed to doing its part to ensure these aircraft are ready to carry out critical missions whenever and wherever they are needed.”

The AE 2100D3 engine 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, Indiana, U.S.A. Along with the AE 3007 and AE 1107C-Liberty, the proven engine line has totaled more than 37 million hours of service.

The agreement, which is administered by the U.S. Air Force at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, U.S.A., includes an initial 27 AE 2100D3 spare engines and parts for delivery through 2011.

  1. The C-130, which has been the primary tactical transport and special mission aircraft for the U.S. Air Force since 1956, is powered by Rolls-Royce T56 engines. The “J” version of the aircraft, powered by AE 2100D3 engines, continues that legacy.
  2. Rolls-Royce has services agreements in place with all branches of the U.S. military, including the Air Force, Marines, Army and Navy, plus the Coast Guard.
  3. In 2007, Rolls-Royce was awarded a $235 million services agreements with U.S. Air Force. In February 2009, Rolls-Royce was awarded 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).
  4. In April 2009, Rolls-Royce was awarded a $106 million MissionCare™ support contract with U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) for Rolls-Royce AE 2100D3-powered KC-130J tanker aircraft, flown by the United States Marine Corps (USMC).
  5. 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.
  6. 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, U.S., 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.
  7. In 2008, Rolls-Royce and its partners invested over £800 million on research and development, two thirds of which had 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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