The US Naval Air Systems Command has awarded a contract to Rolls-Royce to support the fleet of KC-130J air-to-air refuelling tankers for the US Marines Corps (USMC).
Under the contract, worth more than $50m, Rolls-Royce will provide MissionCare sustainment services for more than 200 Rolls-Royce AE 2100 engines, as well as propellers and other propulsion system repairs for the fleet.
Rolls-Royce defence customer services president Paul Craig said: "Our mission is to ensure these aircraft are ready to fly when needed, and we continually focus on delivering innovative and cost-effective support for our customers."
Rolls-Royce provides a suite of services through MissionCare, tailored to each military customer's needs while focusing on increasing propulsion system availability and reducing costs.
The one-year contract, which is a follow-on to a prior support agreement, also includes deployment of Rolls-Royce field service representatives at multiple bases.
Three KC-130J aircraft for Kuwait will also be supported through the US Foreign Military Sales programme, in addition to support for USMC's fleet of 47.
The Lockheed Martin-built KC-130J is a multi-role, medium-sized fixed-wing aerial refuelling aircraft designed for use by the operating forces for aerial refuelling, ground refuelling, tactical transportation of personnel or cargo, and logistic support missions.
An advanced derivative of the base C-130J transport aircraft, it also features state-of-the-art technology and performance improvements, as well as the built-in features of the basic C-130J.
The 29.3m aircraft can support a wide-range of missions, including troops and cargo transportation, aerial refuelling, aerial delivery, emergency re-supply missions, and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) from ungraded landing zones.
Furthermore, it can be used for the emergency evacuation of personnel and cargo, close air support (CAS), the illumination of combat areas, and multisensor-image-based reconnaissance.
Image: A US Marine Corps' KC-130 prepares take off. Photo: US Navy photo by mass communication specialist 3rd class Ricardo R Guzman/Released.