Key LiftSystem Deliveries

Rolls-Royce has made its first announcement at the Paris Air Show with news of two milestone deliveries on its LiftSystem™ programme, which provides the Joint Strike Fighter (F-35) with its unique vertical lift capability.

The company has delivered the 50th 3-Bearing Swivel Module (3BSM) and 40th LiftFan™ for the F-35B manufactured by Lockheed Martin.

In addition, Rolls-Royce has ramped up its field support for the F-35B’s LiftSystem across five bases in the US at Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona; Eglin Air Force Base, Florida; Edwards Air Force Base, California; Fort Worth, Texas; and Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.

The company will also support the US Marine Corps’ sea trials with the F-35B aircraft later this year, as well as the process moving toward Initial Operational Capability in 2015.

Tom Bell, President - Defence, said: "These key milestone deliveries demonstrate maturity in both production and in the world-class technology of the LiftSystem itself, as Rolls-Royce continues to focus on innovation and customer service. Our expanding field services team means that anywhere an F-35B is flying, Rolls-Royce is there to support the mission."