INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Rolls-Royce North America has built and delivered to Lockheed Martin the 1,500th AE 2100 engine for use on a C-130J aircraft.
The engine was built and tested at Rolls-Royce's facility in Indianapolis and will be used on a C-130J that Lockheed is delivering to the U.S. Air Force next year, Rolls-Royce said.
"Delivery of the 1,500th AE 2100 engine marks an important accomplishment for Rolls-Royce, and we are excited to celebrate with our valued partner, Lockheed Martin," said John Gallo, Rolls-Royce Defense Programs president. "This accomplishment also serves as a reminder of how crucial it is that we continue to focus on innovation and efficiency, to ensure this important partnership endures for decades to come."
Lockheed's C-130J is the latest model of the venerable tactical transport. More than 300 of the planes have been delivered or on order.
"The C-130J Super Hercules is respected worldwide as a proven workhorse that performs any mission -- anywhere, anytime -- thanks in large measure to its efficient and reliable Rolls-Royce AE 2100 engines," said George Shultz, Lockheed Martin C-130 Programs vice president and general manager. "These engines are proven on the Hercules in rugged missions in the dirt, on the ice and through hurricanes.
"Since the inception of the C-130J program more than 1 million flying hours ago [4 million engine hours], Rolls-Royce has been an essential partner ensuring the superior performance of the Super Hercules."