British Aerospace has won a £100m contract to run an upgrade programme for the engines of RAF Jaguar strike and reconnaissance aircraft. Rolls-Royce will upgrade the engines under a £70m sub-contract.
The contract from the RAF’s Logistics Command will see BAe integrating the modernised engines in 60 Jaguars. Each aircraft has two Adour Mk 104 engines and they will be upgraded to the new Mk 106 standard. The MoD expects to save at least £20m over the Jaguars’ remaining life because of the work.
Integration and other technical work for the project will take place at BAe’s site at Warton, Lancashire. BAe said the manufacture of other Jaguar airframe parts that must be replaced because of the upgrade will take place at Beagle Aircraft of Christchurch, Dorset.
Rolls-Royce said conversions of the Mk 104 to Mk 106 standard will take place at East Kilbride, with engineering and development work being done at Rolls-Royce, Bristol.
Delivery of the first upgraded engine is due in the summer of 2000.
The 120 engine upgrades will enable Jaguars to remain operational until they are replaced in around 2007 by the Eurofighter.