Rolls-Royce completes 500,000 flight hours of MissionCare support to U.S. Navy T-45 fleet

Monday, 13 September 2010

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has completed 500,000 flight hours of MissionCare™ support for the F405-RR-401 (Adour) engines that power the U.S. Navy’s T-45 training aircraft.

Rolls-Royce has provided comprehensive propulsion services to the Navy’s T-45 Goshawk since 2003, covering operations at three main Naval Air Stations – Kingsville, Texas, Meridian, Miss., and Pensacola, Fla.

Wayne Moni, Chief Operating Officer of Rolls-Royce Defense Services said, “This milestone is a testament to the performance, reliability and dependability that our engine provides to the U.S. Navy’s training program. We are proud of our partnership with the Navy and look forward to continuing to support the Naval Air Training Command as they execute their critical training mission.”

The MissionCare contract includes all engine maintenance, support, parts supply, engineering and logistics support for both the F405 engine and the T-45 aircraft gas turbine starting system. Aftermarket services, of which MissionCare is an important part, account for more than 50 percent of Rolls-Royce underlying revenues.

Rolls-Royce manufactures the F405-RR-401 (Adour) engine in partnership with Turbomeca and has been involved with T-45 program support since its inception through a variety of contracts awarded by both the U.S. Navy and Boeing.

  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 39,000 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. The initial F-405 engine MissionCare contract was awarded to Rolls-Royce in October 2003 and has been renewed annually. It is truly “power by the hour’ – a single contract line item number is used to pay a fixed price per aircraft hours flown at each operating base. Contract performance is measured almost exclusively against the fleet-driven performance metric of engine and starter system availability.
  5. As the primary jet trainer for the Chief of Naval Air Training, the T-45 is used to prepare student aviators to transition to front-line Navy and Marine Corps fleet aircraft, including F/A-18 Hornet, EA-6B Prowler, EA-18G Growler and AV-8B Harrier. The T-45 is used for intermediate and advanced portions of the Navy-Marine Corps pilot training program for jet carrier aviation and tactical strike missions. Currently, the T-45 is scheduled to remain in service with the Navy until 2035.
  6. The U.S. Navy’s T-45 Goshawk aircraft completed one million flight hours in August 2010. More than 3,600 student aviators from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and several international militaries have received instruction on the system before earning their “wings of gold” naval aviator insignia.
  7. More than 2,800 Adour engines have been sold to 22 countries around the world, and the combined fleet has flown in excess of eight million flight hours.
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