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U.S. Navy T-45 flight trainer aircraft.

Rolls Draws Five-Year DoD Maintenance Contracts

Sept. 6, 2022
Two maintenance and logistics support contracts worth more than $1.8 billion will see Rolls-Royce provide upkeep and replacement of turbofan engines for USN/USMC training aircraft and turboprop engines for USMC transport aircraft.

The U.S. Dept. of Defense placed two contracts totaling more than $1.8 billion with Rolls-Royce, for maintenance and logistics support of engines installed in U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps aircraft.

The larger of the two contracts is a five-year order valued at up to $1.013 billion and covers intermediate, depot-level maintenance and logistics support for over 200 Rolls-Royce F405 engines installed in U.S. Navy T-45 flight trainer aircraft. The contract is based on availability metrics, providing engines as needed to facilitate training Naval and Marine aviators.

The Rolls-Royce F405 is the U.S. designation for a two-spool turbofan engine manufactured by Rolls-Royce in collaboration with Turbomeca (now Safran Helicopter Engines) and available in both afterburning and non-afterburning variants.

Work on this contract will be performed primarily at the Meridian (Miss.) and Kingsville (Tex.) Naval Air Stations.

The second new contract, valued at $854 million and likewise extending over five years covers depot-level engine repair services for Rolls-Royce AE 2100D3 turboprop engines installed in U.S. Marine Corps C-130J and KC-130J transport airport aircraft – and some of the same models in service to the government of Kuwait.

The contract is valued at $854 million over the next five years, with the work performed at multiple sites in the U.S., Canada and Portugal.

The developer stated the new contracts show continued confidence in Rolls-Royce and its defense services, which support multiple U.S. and allied military fleets around the world.

“We are committed to providing the best engine service possible for our customers, and we are laser focused on ensuring their aircraft are mission ready,” according to Adam Riddle, president, Defense Services.

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