C-130J aircraft

Rolls-Royce has received a contract modification to provide support services for the US Air Force’s Lockheed Martin-built C-130J Super Hercules tactical transport aircraft fleet.

Representing the exercise of a sixth option as part of the US Department of Defense’s (DoD) MissionCare contract, the $97.3m order covers the supply of sustainment services for the aircraft’s Rolls-Royce AE 2100 turboprop powerplants, nacelles and propellers.

The company will primarily deliver logistics and programme management support and engineering services, as well as spares and technical data support to the air force.

Rolls-Royce Defence Customer Services president Paul Craig said: "Rolls-Royce has worked hard to develop service support that aligns our efforts with customer requirements for mission readiness."

As part of the MissionCare contract, the company provides a suite of services and guaranteed engine availability that is tailored to each military customer’s specific requirements.

Rolls-Royce has maintained more than 90% parts and fleet availability through proactive fleet management every year, simultaneously helping the air force to address its global combat deployments.

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"Rolls-Royce has maintained more than 90% parts and fleet availability through proactive fleet management every year."

The company also provides round-the-clock real-time engineering support for the USAF C-130J engine fleet and other military aircraft, through its new Defense Operations Center in Indianapolis, US. Sustainment work under the contract is scheduled to be carried out throughout 2013.

A derivative of the Allison AE 1107C-Liberty turboshaft engine, the Rolls-Royce AE 2100 engine is a two-shaft gas turbine with a 14-stage high pressure (HP) compressor, is designed to power military transport, long-range maritime patrol and high-speed regional aircraft.

The engine’s military variant, AE 2100D3, is integrated with an advanced six-bladed Dowty propeller for use on the C-130J Hercules aircraft.

The C-130J Super Hercules is primarily used for conducting airborne assault, search / rescue, scientific research support, weather reconnaissance, aerial refuelling, maritime patrol and aerial fire-fighting missions worldwide.

Image: The C-130J Super Hercules aircraft is powered by four Allison AE2100D3 turboprop engines. Photo courtesy of © Rolls-Royce plc 2013.

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