Rolls-Royce has been awarded two contracts from the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command for the purchase and continued support of AE 1107C Liberty engines powering V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. Under the purchase contract, Rolls-Royce will produce 28 engines for the MV-22 and CV-22 versions of the aircraft in 2006-07. The engines are manufactured in Indianapolis, IN.
The services contract includes a new option year for a Power By The Hour® contract for maintenance support this year for the gas-turbine engines. Most of the work will be performed at Marine Corps Air Station New River in North Carolina, with additional work at Indianapolis and Amarillo, Texas.
The V-22 tiltrotor aircraft, known as the Osprey, takes off like a helicopter and flies like an airplane. Powered by twin Rolls-Royce AE 1107C Liberty engines, V-22s fly at twice the speed, with three times the payload and up to five times the range, of conventional helicopters. The U.S. government approved full rate production for the aircraft in September 2005.
Dennis Jarvi, President Defense North America for Rolls-Royce, said: "Our defense customers know Rolls-Royce as a reliable provider of quality engines and services. We stand behind our engines through creative and individualized performance-based logistics concepts designed to meet our customers’ needs."
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