Rolls-Royce signs innovative fuel management contract with Royal Australian Air Force

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has signed an agreement with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to help improve the fuel efficiency of its C-130 transport fleet. Rolls-Royce will use proven fuel usage analysis and modelling techniques, developed for use by civil airlines to help reducing the fuel consumption and environmental impact of the RAAF.

The 12-month agreement will cover the RAAF’s fleet of C-130 aircraft, based at the RAAF Base Richmond, New South Wales.

An on-site Fuel Manager will be integrated with the squadron and will analyse fuel usage data, utilising technology developed by Optimised Systems and Solutions Inc. (OSyS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rolls-Royce. The results of this analysis will be used to identify ways for the RAAF to further advance its fuel efficiency and emissions reduction efforts.

Nick Durham, Rolls-Royce, President Customer Business UK and International – Defence, said: “We have a longstanding relationship with the RAAF which will be enhanced by the introduction of this innovative fuel efficiency programme. We are now using the fuel management expertise and technology that has been developed for civil airlines, to advise them on how best to reduce their fuel usage. Our experience shows that this could save the RAAF as much as 1-3 per cent of their total fuel bill without compromising their operational capability.”

Air Marshal Geoff Brown, Chief of the Royal Australian Air Force, said: “We are looking for innovative solutions to the challenges that we face and we hope that working together with Rolls-Royce on this trial will identify some real opportunities to make significant savings on a very large element of any defence budget – fuel.”

  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 more than 80 countries.
  3. Annual underlying revenues were £11.3 billion in 2011, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £62.2 billion at 31 December 2011, providing visibility of future levels of activity. 
  4. Rolls-Royce employs 40,400 skilled people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 11,000 of these employees are engineers.
  5. In 2011, Rolls-Royce invested £908 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.
  8. Optimized Systems and Solutions (OSyS) delivers software and services that reduce operating costs and optimize the availability of high-value equipment. OSyS solutions use customers' asset-related data to enhance business performance.
  9. OSyS’ software engineering and information technology expertise, combined with extensive domain knowledge and proven processes, enables customers to be more proactive, make more-informed decisions and prevent costly problems. OSyS also helps customers reduce risk to ensure safe, compliant and profitable operations and enjoy a predictive edge.
  10. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Rolls-Royce Group plc with more than 400 employees in the US, UK and Qatar, OSyS delivers consultancy, solution-driven and managed services to customers in more than 100 countries. For more information, please visit the OSyS web site at

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