27 April 2012
Rolls-Royce has signed a USD 8 million contract with the US Department of Defense (DoD) for 268 AE 1107C engines for US Marine Corps and Air Force V-22 aircraft. In the first year, Rolls-Royce will deliver 70 engines valued at USD 151 million.
The contract includes four additional option years, with deliveries expected to total 268, including spare engines. Rolls-Royce is the sole manufacturer of the engines for the V-22 and has delivered 550 AE 1107C engines to the US DoD.
The Rolls-Royce turbo shaft engines help provide the unique capability for the V-22, allowing the tilt-rotor aircraft to take off and land like a helicopter, and to rotate its engines forward to fly like an airplane.
The V-22 aircraft can carry more troops, fly faster and has greater range than the helicopters it will replace.