February 20, 2014 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Rolls-Royce has signed a five-year contract with Lockheed Martin worth up to USD1 billion to deliver 588 engines for Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules aircraft, the company announced on 12 February.
The newly created AC-130J Ghostrider awaits takeoff for its first official sortie on January 31st at Eglin AFB. [USAF photo by Sara Vidoni]
Each Super Hercules requires four AE 2100 engines, so the 588 purchased could represent up to 147 new planes built during this time period. However, that number could be lower, as contracts often include spare engines. The purchase is roughly split in half between US planes and international customers.
The deal covers US and international contract orders between 2014 and 2018.
The agreement secures the Rolls-Royce AE 2100 turboprop as the engine of choice for all variants of the C-130J to 2025.
The AE 2100 powers all C-130Js, while Rolls-Royce T56 engines power the legacy C-130 fleet.
There are more than 300 C-130J models in service in 15 countries. The J model is the most modernized version and its global fleet surpassed 1 million flight hours
Lockheed Martin recently announced its intention to obtain certification from the Federal Aviation Administration for a new civil variant of the C-130J, to be known as the LM-100J.