Rolls-Royce has announced that it will provide 24 to 30 engines worth an estimated $60 million including spares and initial provisioning to the Greek Armed Forces.
The order is to supply engines for the C-27J transport planes from an Alenia-Lockheed Martin consortium to the Greek government. On Friday, March 1, Greece confirmed it would buy 12 to 15 planes.
The C-27J Spartan is built jointly by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company and Italy’s Alenia Aeronautica S.p.A. and is powered by two Rolls-Royce AE 2100 engines.
The 4637 shp Rolls-Royce engines are designed and produced at the Rolls-Royce facilities in Indianapolis, Indiana. They are close derivatives of the engines powering both the modernised Lockheed C-130J Hercules, being introduced into service in the US, UK, and Australia, and the SAAB 2000 regional airliner in use in Europe.
The Lockheed Martin/Alenia joint venture selected the Rolls-Royce AE 2100 to power the C-27J in 1997. The two AE 2100D2 engines, which drive Dowty six-bladed composite propellers, provide operational advantages in the aircraft’s range, cruise ceiling and reduced operating costs when compared with similar aircraft in use today.