Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has signed a memorandum of agreement with Lockheed Martin Corp. to provide performance improvements, including better fuel efficiency, to the T56 family of engines. The agreement builds on a partnership of over 50 years and demonstrates long-term commitments from both companies to enhance safety, economy, reliability and performance of Lockheed Martin aircraft.
Rolls-Royce has introduced technologies proven in its other business units for the Series 3.5 engine enhancement kit to give improved fuel efficiency, increased turbine life, and better engine performance for hot day and high-altitude operations. The redesign has demonstrated up to 9 per cent savings in specific fuel consumption during recent engine testing.
The Series 3.5 engine enhancement kit is designed for retrofit into T56 turboprop engines powering military applications, such as the C-130H military transporter and the P-3 military maritime patrol aircraft, and the commercial L-100 variant.
It utilises technologies already in operation with Rolls-Royce powered commercial and military aircraft, such as new turbine blade materials in the AE engine family, as well as the blade coating process used in the 501-K gas generator in our energy business. The Series 3.5 engine enhancement upgrade can be accomplished as part of a traditional engine overhaul, and does not require any aircraft or engine control system interface modifications.
Patricia O’Connell, Rolls-Royce, President - Defence Customer Business, stated: “As operators continue to look for ways to extend the service life of their C-130, P-3 and L-100 aircraft, the Series 3.5 engine enhancement kit will offer them significant performance enhancements to enable more efficient operations for decades to come.”
Jim Grant, Lockheed Martin Vice President of Business Development for Air Mobility and Special Operations Forces, stated: “We are dedicated to supporting our legacy C-130 and P-3 aircraft that continue to provide outstanding service to the armed forces of the United States and its allies. This level of service is accomplished through long standing collaborations, such as we have with Rolls-Royce.”