Rolls-Royce Delivers Milestone Typhoon Engine
mars 1, 2011 Laisser un commentaire
Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has delivered the 750th EJ200 engine to be produced on behalf of the EUROJET consortium. The engine was assembled at the Rolls-Royce facility in Bristol and will power a Typhoon in the Royal Air Force (RAF).
The EJ200 engine recently reached 200,000 hours of in service-operation with air forces in the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria and Saudi Arabia. The EJ200-powered Typhoon is currently being evaluated for India’s Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft requirement.
Commenting on the delivery milestone Simon Baldwin, Rolls-Royce, Director Production Programmes – Defence, said:
“The EJ200 programme is a major success story for Rolls-Royce and its Eurojet partners. The new facilities in Bristol have enabled us to streamline the production process and we have developed a support programme which provides the RAF with the twin benefits of increased operational capability and better value for money.”
In 2010 Rolls-Royce concluded an innovative service contract worth £865 million with the UK Ministry of Defence to provide the RAF with a guaranteed level of availability for its EJ200 engines.
Rolls-Royce has now delivered 265 EJ200 engines to the RAF.
Rolls-Royce employs 39,000 skilled people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in 50 countries. Annual underlying revenues were £10.1 billion in 2009, of which about half came from services revenues. The firm and announced order book stood at £58.4 billion at 30 June 2010, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
Rolls-Royce has a long and proud history of partnership with India. In 1932 the company supplied Gipsy engines to power Dragon Rapide DH-89 aircraft operated by Tata Airlines – the forerunner to Air India. In the defence sector, Rolls-Royce celebrated the 75th anniversary of its partnership with the Indian Air Force in 2008, a milestone that coincided with the induction of the latest Hawk Advanced Jet Trainers – powered by Rolls-Royce engines. The latest chapter in this partnership is the addition of the AE 2100 powered C-130J aircraft to the IAF fleet.
Rolls-Royce is a shareholder in Eurojet, the European consortium responsible for the EJ200 engine that powers the Eurofighter Typhoon twin-engine combat aircraft, and has a 37% production share of the programme.