The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded Rolls-Royce an innovative service contract worth £690m ($1.05bn) to support the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) fleet of Tornado aircraft.

The new RB199 operational contract for engine transformation (ROCET2) contract will run until 2025.

The company will provide the RAF with a guaranteed level of availability for its RB199 engines, spares and ground support equipment.

The contract will also include additional support elements, such as the development of engine health monitoring techniques designed to improve operational capability.

Rolls-Royce sales and commercial director for Defence Aerospace Chris Awde said the frontline RAF Tornado squadrons now enjoyed a guaranteed level of engine availability and significant savings in their engine support costs.

“ROCET 2 will enable us to deliver an even higher level of support for the next 15 years,” he said.

Rolls-Royce has provided engine support to the RAF’s RB199 engine fleet since 2005.

It includes the provision of replacement engines to meet customer demands, and technical support both on-base and from the Rolls-Royce Operations Centre in Bristol.