Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, congratulates Lockheed Martin for 100 years of aviation excellence and has recognized this important milestone with a LiftFanTM Blisk to be displayed at the Fighter Demonstration Center in Arlington, VA.
Rolls-Royce and Lockheed Martin have partnered for more than 70 years on some of the most significant aircraft ever developed. These include the F-35B Lightning II, equipped with the Rolls-Royce LiftSystem® for Short Take Off and Vertical Landing capability, and the C-130J medium transport, powered by the AE 2100 engine.
To celebrate this long partnership, Rolls-Royce has presented a blisk, or bladed disk, from LiftFan LF303 to be displayed in the Lockheed Martin Fighter Demonstration Center (FDC). The FDC is a unique facility near Washington, DC, that highlights Lockheed Martin's fifth-generation fighter programs, the F-35 Lightning II and the F-22 Raptor.
Tom Bell, Rolls-Royce, President – Defence, said, “Lockheed Martin has delivered a century of aviation excellence, and Rolls-Royce is proud to have powered thousands of their aircraft over the years. We look forward to partnering with Lockheed Martin in future on the fifth-generation F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft and the industry leading C-130J transport.”
The presentation blisk was originally installed in LiftFan LF303. The blisk completed nearly 600 hours of powered lift ground tests for stall, stability, flutter, inlet distortion and fan performance testing and then was retired from active test. The LiftFan is part of the Rolls-Royce LiftSystem, which also comprises a shaft, roll posts, and Three-Bearing Swivel Module. The LiftSystem is the only production technology in the world providing vertical lift capabilities for fighter aircraft.
The first engine delivered to Lockheed from the Rolls-Royce Indianapolis plant was the Allison V1710 in 1938, which powered the twin-engine Lockheed P-38, a signature fighter aircraft from World War II. Since that time, the Rolls-Royce plant has delivered engines every single year to Lockheed Martin, totalling more than 45,000 units for multiple types of aircraft.
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