Rolls-Royce delivers milestone Typhoon engine

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has reached two significant milestones on the EJ200 engine programme, the power behind the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft.

The 300th EJ200 engine to be built at the Rolls-Royce facility in Bristol was recently delivered to BAE Systems and the company has also delivered the 500th Tranche 2 standard engine on behalf of the Eurojet consortium. Both engines will power Typhoons in the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF).

Nick Durham, Rolls-Royce, President Customer Business - Defence, said: “These milestones, alongside the exceptional performance that the engine has delivered in frontline service, illustrate the success of the EJ200 engine programme and highlight the benefit customers gain from our technology.”

Rolls-Royce assembles and tests EJ200 engines on behalf of Eurojet, in which it is a major partner, for the air forces of the UK and Saudi Arabia. The EJ200 engine is now in service with air forces in the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria and Saudi Arabia.

The EJ200 demonstrated outstanding performance and reliability while powering the Typhoon as part of the UK’s Operation Ellamy in Libya in 2011. Over 6,000 engine hours were flown on combat missions with no engine rejections throughout the deployment.

In 2010 Rolls-Royce concluded an innovative service contract worth £865 million with the UK Ministry of Defence to provide the RAF with a guaranteed level of availability for its EJ200 engines through to 2018.

  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 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.
  7. Rolls-Royce is a shareholder in Eurojet, the European consortium responsible for the EJ200 engine that powers the Eurofighter Typhoon twin-engine combat aircraft, and has a 37% production share of the programme. 8. Rolls-Royce is responsible for the combustion system and high pressure turbine of the EJ200 engine. The company also assembles and tests engines for the Royal Air Force.

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