Rolls-Royce has been awarded a £198m contract to provide support to Pegasus engines used to power Royal Air Force (RAF) and Royal Navy Harrier aircraft.
The Rolls-Royce Pegasus engine provides the Harrier with its Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing capability. The new 10-year contract is expected to guarantee its availability to the front line, as well as providing all aspects of technical support.
Rolls-Royce Defence Aerospace will manage the contract from its site at Bristol, with some work being carried out at RAF Wittering and the main repair and overhaul being carried out at the Rolls-Royce site at Ansty in Leicestershire.
Harrier aircraft are operated in the close air support role by the RAF and Royal Navy under the umbrella of Joint Force Harrier, and are currently deployed on operations in support of NATO forces in Afghanistan.
Harrier GR9A aircraft, with upgraded Pegasus engines to better deal with extreme conditions, have been operating from Kandahar Airbase in Afghanistan in support of NATO forces conducting operations.