Following the announcement by the UK Government that it will take 20 Hawk trainer aircraft and place options for another 24 aircraft, Rolls-Royce Turbomeca (RRTM) today announced potential business worth more than £160 million over the life of the programme.
The Hawk will be powered by the latest variant of the Adour engine, the Mk951, which is currently undergoing flight trials in South Africa. The engines for the UK order will be assembled at the Rolls-Royce facility in Bristol, UK.
‘This is a significant win,’ said Colin Green, President – Defence Aerospace, Rolls-Royce. ‘The UK Government’s confidence in the Adour-powered Hawk sends a strong signal to prospective customers that this is the optimal combination for 21st century training requirements.’
The new generation Adour Mk951 was launched in response to customer requirements to increase mission capability while simultaneously reducing operating costs.
According to Rolls-Royce, the engine can increase thrust from 6,000lb to 6,500lb; incorporates a more reliable Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) system; and increases the overhaul life of the engine from 2000 to 4000 hours.
Developed by Rolls-Royce and Turbomeca, the Adour Mk951 is designed to power derivatives of the Hawk and Goshawk T45 from 2005 onwards. South Africa is the launch customer for the Adour Mk951-powered Hawk Lead In Fighter Trainer (LIFT) and has ordered 24 aircraft.