Rolls-Royce takes second big US Air Force contract

Posted on 12 Feb 2013

Rolls-Royce has been awarded an $83.7 million (£53.45m) contract for engines to power V-22 aircraft operated by the US Marine Corps and Air Force.

The contract, a modification of a previous agreement, includes a total of 38 Rolls-Royce AE 1107C engines manufactured in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The contract was awarded through the Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River in Maryland, US.

The deal immediately follows another contract for the US Air Force, awarded Monday, worth $97.3 million (£61.9 million) for support of the USAF’s C-130J fleet.

Tom Bell, defence sector president at Rolls-Royce, said “This contract demonstrates the trust the US Marine Corps and Air Force have in the Rolls-Royce AE 1107C engines which power their V-22 fleets. Delivering reliable power is our constant focus at Rolls-Royce and we are dedicated to keeping those fleets mission ready for our customers.”

The Rolls-Royce AE 1107C engine is part of the AE product family, which has over 5,500 engines in service and more than 54 million flight hours, and exclusively powers the growing V-22 fleet for the US Marine Corps and Air Force.

Maintenance is a heavy part of the engine maker’s business. As well as a team of field service engineers, the aerospace giant supports the AE 1107C engine fleet through the new Defense Operations Center in Indianapolis, providing 24/7 real-time engineering support for V-22 operators.