Rolls-Royce to power V-22 Osprey aircraft with AE 1107C engines

7 January 2013 (Last Updated January 7th, 2013 03:45)

Rolls-Royce has received a contract to provide AE 1107C engines in support of the V-22 Osprey aircraft programme.

V-22 Osprey

Rolls-Royce has received a contract to provide AE 1107C engines in support of the V-22 Osprey aircraft programme.

Under the $52.2m modification contract, Rolls-Royce will also provide engines for V-22 Osprey aircraft operated by the US Marine Corps (USMC) and the US Air Force (USAF).

It will also carry out repair and support services for the aircraft under the contract.

Developed as the T406 for the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft, the AE 1107C is a turboshaft engine that incorporates high-efficiency components and reduced maintenance features.

Featuring six rows of variable compressor vanes, dual FADEC, and a self-contained oil system, the engine provides vertical operation, modular construction, and an on-condition maintenance capability for the aircraft.

Rolls-Royce also provides continuous real-time engineering support for V-22 operators, while supporting AE 1107C engine fleet through the new Defense Operations Center in Indianapol, US.

"The AE 1107C is a turboshaft engine that incorporates high-efficiency components and reduced maintenance features."

Designed to perform multiple missions with long-range, high-speed cruise performance, the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey features both vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) and short take-off and landing (STOL) capabilities.

The tilt-rotor aircraft is being developed in configurations such as the combat assault and assault support MV-22 for the USMC and the US Army, long-range special operations CV-22 for US Special Operations Command (US SOCOM), and the US Navy HV-22 for combat search-and-rescue, special warfare and fleet logistic support.

Work under the contract will be performed at the company's facility in Indianapolis, Indiana, US and Oakland, California, US, while fleet support will be provided at customer bases.

The US Naval Air Systems Command will serve as the contracting activity.


Image: Bell-Boeing built MV-22 Osprey aircraft. Photo: courtesy of Lt Col Kevin Gross.