The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded a MissionCare contract to Rolls-Royce to provide continued support for the F405 (Adour) engines that power the US Navy’s T-45 training aircraft.
Under the $50.7m contract extension, which is administered by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Rolls-Royce will provide total inventory control, as well as integrated logistics support and needed engineering elements for both the F405 engine and the aircraft gas turbine starting system.
The company will also provide support ranging from on-wing through intermediate and depot level maintenance as part of the contract, which will run through March 2014.
Rolls-Royce defence services president, Paul Craig, said the Adour engine fleet has accumulated more than 8.6 million flight hours globally, in the field and serves military customers in meeting a variety of missions.
"Rolls-Royce MissionCare delivers affordability and availability through innovative service to our customers," Craig said.
The Adour engine is also integrated on to the Hawk advanced jet training system (AJTS) aircraft, which is the US Air Force T-X trainer programme’s contender.
"The US Navy contract has proven to be one of our most successful partnerships and we take great pride in supporting the training of new aviators for the navy and marine corps," Craig added.
Boeing and BAE Systems-built T-45A/C Goshawk two-seat advanced jet trainer features single pylon installed under each wing to carry bomb racks, rocket pods or auxiliary fuel tanks.
Rolls-Royce will also provide propulsion services for more than 200 aircraft currently operating at four main naval air stations in Texas, Mississippi, Florida and Maryland.
Image: team working on Rolls-Royce’s Adour engines. Photo: courtesy of Rolls-Royce.