INDIANAPOLIS, May 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force has contracted Rolls-Royce to deliver spare engines and parts to support C-130J Super Hercules heavy-lift transport aircraft.
British company Rolls-Royce says its Indianapolis-based facility was awarded a contract to deliver 27 spare AE 2100D3 engines and parts. The Lockheed Martin designed C-130J requires four AE 2100D3 modular turboprop engines to power the aircraft.
Officials say the Air Force contract was awarded to ensure the operational readiness of the C-130J which is used not only to support the military, but also global humanitarian operations.
"Rolls-Royce is proud of its long-standing relationship with our Air Force and Marine Corps customers and are pleased that they continue to demonstrate their confidence in the AE 2100D3 engine," Dennis Jarvi, Rolls-Royce Defense North America president, said in a statement.
"The C-130J has earned an international reputation as a valuable, multi-role transport aircraft and Rolls-Royce is committed to doing its part to ensure these aircraft are ready to carry out critical missions whenever and wherever they are needed."