Rolls-Royce has signed a jointly funded research and technology contract for ENTAPS (Engine Technologies for Aircraft Persistence and Survivability) with the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MOD).
The three-year contract is aimed at maturing key propulsion technologies for future Deep Persistent Offensive Capability concepts. The research programme will mature the highest risk areas of the engine to the Technical Readiness Level required for Initial Gate and will also contain studies which address the integration of these technologies within the engine.
Graham Hopkins, Director of Engineering and Technology at Rolls-Royce Defence Aerospace, said: “The award of this contract is key to the continued development of our military engine technologies in the UK. It enables us to work on areas such as distortion-tolerant fans and high temperature combustion and turbine systems, which will potentially bring big capability benefits for UK defence operations in the future.
“Attributes such as low radar signature, high endurance and low specific fuel consumption are key attributes for the military aircraft of the future. The ENTAPS research programme allows us to develop engine core technologies that will enable Rolls-Royce to satisfy these demands through our Integrated Power Systems.”
Rolls-Royce has a strong track record in the development of military engine technologies, pioneering Short Take Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) operations with the Pegasus engine and taking this to the next level through the Rolls-Royce LiftSystem® for the F-35B Lightning II.
The company’s involvement in leading edge programmes such as the EJ200 for the Typhoon, and the F136 for the F-35, has also enabled it to introduce new fan technologies into military applications.