Navy trainers get Rolls-Royce support

Dec. 16, 2010 at 2:53 PM
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INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Rolls-Royce has been contracted by the Naval Air Systems Command to provide support for F405 engines powering the U.S. Navy's T-45 training aircraft.

The contract, worth $89 million, is a modification that exercises the second option year to provide guaranteed engine availability, which includes support ranging from on-wing through intermediate and depot-level maintenance under a base contract signed in 2008.

"We are proud of our partnership with the U.S. Navy and its mission to prepare student aviators for jet carrier aviation and tactical strike missions," said Wayne Moni, chief operating officer of Rolls-Royce Defense Services. "We look forward to another successful year of providing the best engine readiness and availability."

Under the terms of the agreement, Rolls-Royce will provide all maintenance, support, trouble-shooting, parts supply and logistics for both the F405 engine and the aircraft gas turbine starting system.

The contract provides comprehensive propulsion services to more than 200 aircraft operating at four main Naval air stations: Kingsville, Texas; Meridian, Miss.; Pensacola, Fla.; and Patuxent River, Md.

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