Rolls-Royce wins $73 million contract

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Rolls-Royce has signed a $73 million contract to support the propulsion system on US Air Force transport planes, the fourth such engine services agreement in recent months.

Under the new contract, Rolls-Royce will provide comprehensive services for AE 2100D3 engines on C-130J aircraft located at up to seven bases. The aircraft are operated by the US Air Force Reserve, Air Education Training Command and Special Operations Command, as well as the Air National Guard.

Under the one-year contract, Rolls-Royce will provide the USAF with total propulsion system maintenance and support, covering the Rolls-Royce engines and the Dowty R-391 propeller system. Also included in the agreement is establishment of an engine and propeller Inventory Control Point in Indianapolis, which became operational on 1 February, providing material support to the US Air Force.

The C-130 has been the USAF’s primary tactical transport and special mission aircraft since 1956, powered by Rolls-Royce T56 engines. The latest version of the aircraft, which is powered by AE 2100D3 engines, continues that legacy.