Rolls-Royce signs £690 million contract to support UK Tornado fleet

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has signed an innovative service contract worth £690 million with the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to support the Royal Air Force’s fleet of Tornado aircraft. 

Under the terms of the new RB199 Operational Contract for Engine Transformation (ROCET2) contract, which runs until 2025, Rolls-Royce will provide the RAF with a guaranteed level of availability for its RB199 engines, spares and ground support equipment. The new agreement includes additional support elements, such as the development of engine health monitoring techniques designed to improve operational capability. 

Rolls-Royce has been contracted to support the RAF’s RB199 engine fleet since December 2005 and has consistently met 100 per cent of the performance requirements from the outset. 

Chris Awde, Rolls-Royce Sales and Commercial Director, Defence Aerospace, said:
“Over the four-year period of the ROCET contract we have developed a partnership approach with the UK Ministry of Defence and met every engine availability target that has been set.

“The frontline Royal Air Force Tornado squadrons now enjoy a guaranteed level of engine availability and significant savings in their engine support costs. ROCET 2 will enable us to deliver an even higher level of support for the next 15 years.”

Rolls-Royce undertakes all aspects of RB199 engine support, including the provision of replacement engines to meet customer demands, and technical support both on-base and from the Rolls-Royce Operations Centre in Bristol.

  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. As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce today 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, with an installed base of 54,000 gas turbines.
  3. Rolls-Royce employs over 38,000 skilled people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in 50 countries. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment, and to further developing employee skills.
  4. 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.
  5. Rolls-Royce support operations are centred at the Tornado Propulsion Facility at RAF Marham, but extend to cover two other Main Operating Bases at RAF Lossiemouth and RAF Leuchars where the RAF’s Tornado squadrons are also based. From RAF Marham, a team comprising both Rolls-Royce and RAF personnel manages the engine support for aircraft operations in the field and also carries out some engine repairs. This will be augmented in 2010 by the transfer of the RB199 engine strip, build and test capability to the Rolls-Royce facility in Bristol.

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