Rolls-royce and Snecma to ini­ti­ate joint com­bat engine stud­ies


Rolls-Royce, the global power sys­tems com­pany, and Snecma (Safran Group) have signed a con­tract with the UK Min­istry of De­fence to un­der­take stud­ies into the next gen­er­a­tion of UK and French com­bat air­craft en­gines, through their 50:50 Rolls-Royce Snecma Ltd joint ven­ture, es­tab­lished in 2001.

Rolls-Royce and Snecma have also an­nounced that they have signed a col­lab­o­ra­tion agree­ment with BAE Sys­tems and Das­sault Avi­a­tion to work to­gether to ex­plore con­cepts and tech­nolo­gies as part of the An­glo-French fu­ture com­bat air sys­tems demon­stra­tion pro­gramme prepa­ra­tion phase con­tract.

Nick Durham, Rolls-Royce, Pres­i­dent, Cus­tomer Busi­ness – De­fence, said: “This col­lab­o­ra­tion agree­ment recog­nises the need for air­frame and power and propul­sion sys­tem sup­pli­ers to work to­gether to de­liver an op­ti­mised af­ford­able so­lu­tion for the next gen­er­a­tion of com­bat air­craft for the UK and France. It rep­re­sents an im­por­tant step to­wards in­creased col­lab­o­ra­tion and, by com­bin­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­per­tise of Rolls-Royce and Snecma, we can con­trib­ute a huge amount to these stud­ies.”

Di­dier Des­noyer, Snecma Vice Pres­i­dent and Gen­eral Man­ager, Mil­i­tary En­gines, said: “This joint ven­ture will cap­i­talise on the long­stand­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Safran and Rolls-Royce on mil­i­tary air­craft en­gines such as the Adour and TP400. Car­ry­ing on this tradition of tight-knit part­ner­ship, Rolls-Royce Snecma Ltd. is uniquely placed to ac­cess the ad­vanced mil­i­tary propul­sion ex­per­tise of the two par­ent com­pa­nies, based on their proven track records of de­vel­op­ing suc­cess­ful com­bat air­craft en­gines.”

The new of­fice en­ables Cob­ham to ful­fil its com­mit­ment to es­tab­lish­ing a for­mal pres­ence in-coun­try and continue to de­velop its re­la­tion­ships and part­ner­ships with the na­tion’s Tier-1 and Tier-2 dis­trib­u­tors and cus­tomers alike. This sup­ports the Brazil­ian de­fence strat­egy for in­di­geni­sa­tion of key tech­nolo­gies in the se­cu­rity and de­fence mar­ket. Cob­ham’s core com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy can pro­vide mar­ket lead­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties for both tac­ti­cal and strate­gic se­cu­rity in­fra­struc­tures.

David Ash­ton, Vice Pres­i­dent of Cob­ham Tac­ti­cal Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Sur­veil­lance, says: “The newly es­tab­lished sub­sidiary will help Cob­ham com­mit to sig­nif­i­cant long-term in­vest­ment and will re­in­force our pres­ence in a na­tion which has al­ways been one of our key mar­kets. A lo­cal of­fice will al­low us to meet the in­creas­ing need for our prod­ucts, tech­nolo­gies and af­ter-sale sup­port. Cob­ham do Brasil will help strengthen our co­op­er­a­tion with Brazil­ian in­dus­tries and sup­port the de­vel­op­ment of strate­gic part­ner­ships with pub­lic and pri­vate or­gan­i­sa­tions.”

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