The Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Rolls-Royce have announced the award of a service support contract worth £11 million for the Rolls-Royce RB199 engine, which powers the MOD’s fleet of Tornado aircraft in service with the Royal Air Force.
Under the terms of the initial pilot contract, Rolls-Royce will provide a service on three modules of the RB199 engine. According to Rolls-Royce, these will deliver cost of ownership benefits consistent with the MOD Defence Logistics Organisation’s (DLO) objective of reducing cost of ownership of existing systems.
Under the terms of the contract, Rolls-Royce will manage all repair and overhaul work on the three RB199 modules, using its own facilities at Ansty, near Coventry, the Defence Aviation Repair Agency (DARA) facility at Fleetlands, Hampshire, and Wood Group in Dundee.
Rolls-Royce will undertake all spares provisioning. In order to deliver sustained reduced cost of ownership, Rolls-Royce has committed to significantly improve repair turnaround times and reduce spares consumption.
This support arrangement has been based around the Rolls-Royce’s Mission Ready Management Solutions concept which was launched in direct response to the MOD’s Smart Acquisition initiative.
The resulting best practise and enhanced benefits that are delivered from this is said to be consistent with the MOD’s ‘End-to-End’ procurement review in delivering a better value for money service.