Rolls-Royce receives $1.8bn US military contracts

Rolls-Royce has been awarded two contracts, valued at $1.8bn, from the US Department of Defence to service engines for US Navy and Marine Corps aircraft.


One contract includes intermediate, depot-level maintenance and logistics support for over 200 Rolls-Royce F405 engines that power US Navy T-45 flight trainer aircraft. The contract is based on availability metrics, providing engines as needed to facilitate training Naval and Marine aviators. The work will be performed primarily at Naval Air Stations in Meridian, Mississippi, and Kingsville, Texas. The contract is valued at up to $1.013bn, spanning five years.

The other contract includes depot-level engine repair services for Rolls-Royce AE 2100D3 turboprop engines powering C-130J and KC-130J transport airport aircraft flown by the US Marine Corps and the government of Kuwait. The contract is valued at $854m over the next five years, with the work performed at multiple sites in the US, Canada and Portugal.

“We are committed to providing the best engine service possible for our customers, and we are laser focused on ensuring their aircraft are mission ready,” said Adam Riddle, Rolls-Royce, president defence services. “We appreciate this vote of confidence from the U.S. Department of Defence as we continue to support our brave men and women in uniform.”

All branches of the US armed forces fly aircraft powered by Rolls-Royce engines. That includes C-130 and C-130J transports, V-22 tiltrotor aircraft, and Global Hawk and Triton high-altitude unmanned aircraft. 

Rolls-Royce also powers the US Navy’s MQ-25 unmanned carrier-based refuelling aircraft, and recently won the B-52 re-engine program for the US Air Force. Rolls-Royce also provides engines, propellers and other equipment for Navy ships and Army vehicles.

The company employs 5,000 people across the US and has invested over $1bn in new manufacturing, assembly and test facilities in America since 2015.