Rolls-Royce to proceed with ADVENT

Rolls-Royce has been selected to proceed with Phase II of its Adaptive Versatile Engine Technology demonstrator programme for the US Air Force.

Rolls-Royce North American Technologies has been selected to proceed with Phase II of its Adaptive Versatile Engine Technology (ADVENT) demonstrator programme for the US Air Force (USAF).

The next phase for the USAF technology programme will include the integration of advanced technologies, component testing and development of a technology demonstrator core and engine.

Authorisation to proceed follows the completion of a series of tests and analysis on a technology demonstrator core and adaptive engine. Designed to provide significant improvement in average fuel consumption, this core and engine will be available for future US military aircraft, including medium or large unmanned air systems.

In 2007, Rolls-Royce North American Technologies was awarded $296m (£181m) by the US Air Force Research Laboratory to develop ADVENT technologies that focus on an adaptive engine architecture to provide a 25 per cent improvement in average fuel consumption and reduced temperature cooling air for thermal management. Demonstrator testing is scheduled for 2013.