The US Department of Defense (DoD), Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) at NATC Patuxent River and Rolls-Royce have announced the award of a $51 million Power By The Hour contract in support of the Rolls-Royce powered T-45 training aircraft operated by the US Navy.
The F405 (Adour) engine contract will be effective for one year with four option years.
Under the terms of the agreement, Rolls-Royce will provide all engine maintenance, support, trouble-shooting, parts supply and logistics for over 175 aircraft, operating at two main bases in Kingsville, Texas and Meridian, Mississippi.
Steven F. Dwyer, President-Defence North America said, ‘This contract represents a significant milestone in our growing services program and our military business in the US with the Department of Defense.
‘By applying commercial Power By The Hour experience in our US Defence markets, we will improve overall availability and readiness. This is a win-win for both Rolls-Royce and the DoD; our partnership with the Navy and the Department of Defense will be strengthened by this alignment.’
Rolls-Royce is the F405-RR-401 (Adour) engine manufacturer and has been involved with T-45 program support since inception through a variety of contracts awarded by both the USN and by Boeing. Currently the T-45 is scheduled to remain in service with the Navy until 2035.