Rolls-Royce welcomes lifting of probation on JSF STOVL programme following exceptional success of 2011 test plan

Friday, 20 January 2012

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, today congratulates the entire Joint Strike Fighter programme for the dedication and hard work that has led to the lifting of probationary status for the F-35B Lightning II.

The F-35B offers critical Short Take Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) capability to the US Marine Corps. The STOVL capability is provided by the Rolls-Royce LiftSystem®, a unique, advanced technology from Rolls-Royce -- the only company in the world to produce vertical-lift capability for fighter aircraft.

Dan Korte, Rolls-Royce President – Defence, said “We are delighted that the STOVL programme has been taken off probation. Hearing this announcement today is a vindication of all the hard work by the team in realising the capability of this unique system.

“We offer our congratulations to the entire Joint Strike Fighter programme for this key development, including the US Marine Corps, Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney, who have all worked so hard to ensure the success of the STOVL programme. This key step signifies a bright and solid future for the programme.”

The Rolls-Royce LiftSystem comprises a Rolls-Royce LiftFan®, Roll Posts and 3-Bearing Swivel Module. Rolls-Royce is a subcontractor to Pratt & Whitney, which manufactures the F135 engine for the Joint Strike Fighter programme.

In 2011, the Rolls-Royce LiftSystem proved successful in the first ship-borne landings on the USS Wasp, as well as completing 268 vertical landings overall. The first three production F-35B aircraft were delivered to Eglin Air Force Base in the US in January this year in preparation for  the start of  pilot training.

  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 4,000 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 for Rolls-Royce 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 £61.4 billion at 30 June 2011, 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. In 2010, Rolls-Royce invested £923 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental performance of its products, in particular reducing emissions.
  6. Rolls-Royce supports a global network of 28 University Technology Centres, which connect the company’s engineers with the forefront of scientific research.
  7. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills.
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