November 12, 2014 (by George McLaren) - The US Air Force has awarded a contract worth over $100 million to Rolls-Royce to purchase spare engines and parts for its C-130J fleet and to support Foreign Military Sales customers.
Airmen from the 41st AMXS, at Little Rock AFB, hold the straps tight on a Rolls-Royce AE2100 turboprop engine as it is removed from a C-130J Super Hercules transport at Fort Sill's Henry Post Army Air Field on November 29, 2012. Soldiers from 168th Brigade Support Battalion provided one of their cranes to help lift the engine from the wing. The plane was grounded for repairs after developing engine trouble during touch-and-go landings. [Photo by Ben Sherman, Fort Sill]
Rolls-Royce AE 2100 engines power all C-130J aircraft in the US military and global fleets, while legacy C-130 aircraft are powered by Rolls-Royce T56 engines.
Tom Hartmann, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President, Customer Business, said, “Rolls-Royce AE 2100 engines provide the dependable, efficient power required by the US Air Force and our allies to complete their transport missions with the C-130J fleet. We also successfully manage propulsion support for the Air Force to keep its C-130J fleet operating at peak efficiency, while continuing to focus on affordability for our customers.”
The AE 2100 is part of the Rolls-Royce AE family of engines, with nearly 6,000 total engines delivered and more than 61 million flight hours across the military and commercial fleets.