Rolls-Royce has announced a $51m (£33.5m) engine production and MissionCare services contract with US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).
The contract is in support of the Rolls-Royce AE 2100D3-powered KC-130J tanker aircraft, flown by the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and exercises the first option year of a four-year contract with NAVAIR.
Dennis Jarvi, president of Rolls-Royce Defense North America, said: ‘Rolls-Royce has been providing AE 2100D3 engines and support to the USMC KC-130J programme for more than seven years, accumulating more than 350,000 flight hours and receiving consistently high customer ratings on MissionCare performance.’
MissionCare is an engine-care programme customised to meet the needs of Rolls-Royce defence customers.
For the KC-130J MissionCare contract, a single contract line item number is used to pay a fixed price based on aircraft hours flown. Contract performance is measured almost exclusively against the fleet-driven performance metric of engine availability.
Under the terms of the agreement, which is administered by NAVAIR at Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Maryland, Rolls-Royce will provide engines, engine management, support, troubleshooting, parts supply and logistics support for the aircraft, operating at three US Marine Air Stations: Miramar, California, Cherry Point, North Carolina and Okinawa, Japan.