GippsAERO selects Rolls-Royce M250 engine for new GA10 aircraft

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, today announced a development agreement with GippsAERO, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mahindra Aerospace.

Under the agreement, Rolls-Royce will supply M250-B17F/2 turboprop engines for the GA10, a new 10-passenger fixed-wing plane that will deliver enhanced performance, fuel efficiency and reliability.

Rolls-Royce will work with GippsAERO to obtain certification for the GA10, which is currently in the prototype design phase. Certification is due to begin in March 2012 and entry into service scheduled for 2013. GippsAERO predicts that sales could reach 20 aircraft per year, in India, Europe and Asia.

Patricia O'Connell, Rolls-Royce, President – Defence Customer Business, said: "The M250-B17, with its excellent pedigree, is the compelling solution for an aircraft in this class,and we look forward to working with GippsAERO on their family of aircraft which feature industry-leading Rolls-Royce technology. The M250 is a proven performer with an excellent record and over 210 million flying hours."

Dr. Terry Miles, CEO of GippsAERO, added: "We are extremely pleased to partner with Rolls-Royce in the development of a new 10-seat turboprop utility aircraft. The development of the GA10 TP will add a new dimension to the GippsAERO product range and with the Rolls-Royce M250-B17 F/2 fitted, will open new market segments across the globe since the aircraft will offer lowest cost per seat in its class and best-in-class short take-off and landing capability."

The agreement, which was signed during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, also provides Rolls-Royce with the opportunity to examine the potential of using the RR500 turboprop engine, currently in development, for future applications.

  1. Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, and has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising more than 500 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 2,500 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in nearly 120 countries, with an installed base of 54,000 gas turbines.
  3. Annual underlying revenues were £10.8 billion in 2010, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £59.2 billion at 31 December 2010, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  4. Rolls-Royce employs over 39,000 skilled people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 11,000 of these employees are engineers.
  5. 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.
  6. The M250-B17, manufactured in Indianapolis, is featured on many other general aviation aircraft and military trainers. It also powers many civilian and military helicopters in its turboshaft variant. Its benefits include reduced fuel costs for operators through the use of jet fuel, which is more widely available than avgas.

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