Rolls-Royce and Lock­heed Martin to power fu­ture C-130J air­craft


olls-Royce has com­pleted a longterm agree­ment with Lock­heed Martin worth up to $1 bil­lion to deliver ap­prox­i­mately 600 en­gines to power fu­ture C-130J Su­per Her­cules air­craft.

The agree­ment se­cures the Rolls-Royce AE 2100 as the en­gine of choice for all vari­ants of the C-130J to 2025. The en­gine agree­ment will ser­vice US Govern­ment and in­ter­na­tional con­tract re­quire­ments be­tween 2014 and 2018.

The AE 2100 pow­ers all C-130Js, while the Rolls-Royce T56 en­gines power the legacy C-130 fleet. The global C-130J fleet has sur­passed one mil­lion flight hours, and Lock­heed Martin re­cently an­nounced its in­tent to ob­tain cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from the US Federal Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion for a new civil vari­ant – the LM-100J.

Tom Bell, Rolls-Royce, Pres­i­dent De­fence, said, “Lock­heed Martin and Roll­sRoyce have part­nered for decades to pro­duce thou­sands of the world’s leading medium trans­port air­craft. Our new en­gine agree­ment se­cures that re­la­tion­ship for years to come, en­abling oper­a­tors to con­tinue to en­joy the ver­sa­tile, pow­er­ful and fuel-ef­fi­cient air­craft they have come to ap­pre­ci­ate through one mil­lion flight hours and count­ing.”

Ge­orge Shultz, Lock­heed Martin, Vice Pres­i­dent and Gen­eral Man­ager, C-130 Pro­grams, said, “This agree­ment is a very im­por­tant step in pro­vid­ing our cus­tomers the most af­ford­able air­lifter in the world. The C-130J Su­per Her­cules has proven the ‘value of the power’ as the Rolls-Royce AE 2100 propul­sion sys­tem al­lows the Su­per Her­cules to per­form any mis­sion, any­where, any time.”

The agree­ment will en­sure the con­tin­ued suc­cess of the ver­sa­tile and proven C-130J mil­i­tary trans­port air­craft and its pow­er­ful, re­li­able and fuel-ef­fi­cient tur­bo­prop en­gines. More than 300 of the four-en­gine trans­ports have been de­liv­ered to cus­tomers in 16 coun­tries, across 16 dif­fer­ent mis­sion types.

Rolls-Royce has al­ready de­liv­ered more than 1,500 AE 2100 en­gines to Lock­heed Martin’s Ma­ri­etta, Ge­or­gia, fa­cil­ity. AE 2100 en­gines are man­u­fac­tured, as­sem­bled and tested in In­di­anapo­lis.

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