Rolls-Royce awarded U.S. Army contract for new M250 FADEC

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract by the U.S. Army to design and develop a dual channel FADEC (full authority digital engine control) for the M250 powered OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopter.

Ken Roberts, President of the Rolls-Royce Helicopter Engine business, said: “The dual channel FADEC is an example of how Rolls-Royce is developing core technology to meet the evolving requirements of our customers. This FADEC is part of an overall modernization program that will significantly extend the life of the Kiowa Warrior platform and keep it at the forefront of military reconnaissance missions.” 

The dual channel FADEC will draw from the latest commercially-derived Rolls-Royce technology.  The results will include increased functionality, decreased pilot workload and lower cost of operation.

Development work on the FADEC will be carried out in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The M250-C30R/3 engine has powered Bell Helicopter’s Kiowa Warrior since 1997 with over 450 engines delivered to the program to date, accumulating over 900,000 flight hours.  The Kiowa Warrior performs an essential scout and light attack helicopter role in Iraq, Afghanistan and other areas, consistently demonstrating high monthly aircraft usage and mission availability rates. 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. In 2009, 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.
  4. Rolls-Royce is the world-leading producer of light turbine engines in the helicopter market. The M250 line has produced over 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 200 million flight hours, providing an unmatched level of expertise in every conceivable operational condition.
  5. Rolls-Royce turboshaft and turboprop engines provide power in the 300 shp to more than 7,300 shp range, powering over 200 aircraft models to date including the Bell 206/407/430 and AgustaWestland Super Lynx/AW159/T129.  This creates a broad base of market opportunities for both rotary and fixed-winged aircraft.

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