Rolls-Royce to power new spy plane

Rolls-Royce has been selected to provide engines for the five Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft recently selected for the US Army’s next-generation Aerial Common Sensor reconnaissance aircraft.

Rolls-Royce announced today it will provide a derivative of its AE 3007 engine to power the five Embraer ERJ 145 regional jets recently selected for the US Army’s next-generation Aerial Common Sensor (ACS) reconnaissance aircraft.

A team led by Lockheed Martin and Embraer has won an $879 million Systems Development and Demonstration (SDD) contract under which the ACS will use the Rolls-Royce AE 3007 M1 engine, based upon the AE 3007 engine currently in service in the corporate and regional airline markets.

The initial contract calls for five aircraft to provide an airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability, but has a potential value for the Lockheed Martin-Embraer team of more than $7 billion over the life of the expected 20-year program.

Designed and built by Rolls-Royce, the AE 3007 powers 20 variants of the ERJ regional jet family. It is also the sole powerplant for the Northrop Grumman RQ-4A Global Hawk unmanned surveillance aircraft and the Cessna Citation X high-speed corporate jet.