Rolls-Royce congratulates UK MoD on delivery of first F-35B Lightning II

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, today congratulated the UK Ministry of Defence on the delivery of their first F-35B Lightning II aircraft.

Dan Korte, Rolls-Royce, President – Defence, said, "Rolls-Royce offers our sincere congratulations to the UK Ministry of Defence on this important milestone. We are proud of our unique, advanced technology in the Rolls-Royce LiftSystem®, which provides this aircraft with its vertical-lift capability."

The F-35B Lightning II is the only fighter aircraft in the world to combine Short Take Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) technology with supersonic speed and stealth capability. The STOVL jets, which will also be flown by the US Marine Corps, will allow short-deck ship operations or enable fighter capability from austere, forward operating bases.

Rolls-Royce is the only company in the world with the technology to produce the LiftSystem, which comprises a  Rolls-Royce LiftFan, Roll Posts and 3-bearing swivel module.

The unique STOVL capability is provided by the F-35B’s propulsion system, pairing a Pratt & Whitney F135 engine and the Rolls-Royce LiftSystem. 

In 2012, F-35B STOVL jets have completed more than 200 flights, with more than 130 short take-offs and 55 vertical landings. Overall, F-35B STOVL jets have flown approximately 800 flights, with more than 550 short takeoffs and 330 vertical landings.

  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 over 40,000 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.
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