UK: Rolls-Royce Gets KC-130J Contract
Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract to support the US Marines Corps fleet of KC-130J air-to-air refuelling tankers, worth more than $50 million.
The MissionCare™ contract covers sustainment services for more than 200 Rolls-Royce AE 2100 engines as well as propellers and other propulsion system repairs for the KC-130J fleet. The one-year contract also covers the deployment of Rolls-Royce Field Service Representatives at multiple bases.
Paul Craig, Rolls-Royce, President – Defence Customer Services, said: “Our mission is to ensure these aircraft are ready to fly when needed and we continually focus on delivering innovative and cost effective support for our customers.”
In addition to support for 47 Marine Corps aircraft, three KC-130Js for Kuwait will be supported via the U.S. Foreign Military Sales programme. The contract was awarded by Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., and is a follow-on to a prior support agreement.
Through MissionCare, Rolls-Royce offers a suite of services, tailored to each military customer’s needs, which focuses on increasing propulsion system availability and reducing costs.
The Rolls-Royce AE 2100 engine is part of the AE product family, which has over 5,800 engines in service which have accumulated nearly 60 million flight hours. Rolls-Royce also supports the KC-130J engine fleet through its Defense Operations Center in Indianapolis, providing 24/7 real-time engineering support for operators of a variety of aircraft for the USMC and other military branches.
Naval Today Staff, March 31, 2014; Image: Wikimedia