Rolls-Royce to continue sustainment support for USAF’s C-130J aircraft

Rolls-Royce has agreed to continue providing sustainment support for the US Air Force’s (USAF) C-130J Super Hercules military transport aircraft fleet.

The first year MissionCare contract is valued at $144m, with value growing to $187m per year by 2022.

The total value of the contract is expected to exceed $845m over the five-year period.

Under the contract, the company will provide engineering and sustainment support, repair, inventory management, and technical data for AE 2100D3 engines, propellers and nacelles fitted on the USAF C-130J aircraft.

The performance-based logistics contract initially includes support for 194 aircraft and 896 engines, with plans to expand as the airforce fleet grows to 244 aircraft and 1,150 engines by the final year of the contract.

Rolls-Royce North America Defense Aerospace president Phil Burkholder said: “Rolls-Royce remains focused on keeping US Air Force aircraft mission-ready.

"From managing the inventory, to deploying Field Services Representatives, and providing engineering services, Rolls-Royce MissionCare provides comprehensive support to the airforce, while reducing cost and risk.”

"The performance-based logistics contract initially includes support for 194 aircraft and 896 engines."

The MissionCare is anticipated to reduce customer sustainment costs, administrative burden and prevent customer disruption for technical reasons.

Produced at Rolls-Royce’s facilities in Indianapolis, US, AE 2100D3 turboprop engines power all C-130J aircraft around the world, as well as the C-27J transport and the US-2 seaplane.

A civil variant of the engine is claimed to power the Saab 2000 turboprop.

Rolls-Royce has delivered more than 2,300 AE 2100 engines to date, which have amassed more than eight million engine flight hours.

Image: A USAF C-130J. Photo: courtesy of the USAF.