11 July 2005

Rolls-Royce Aerospace UK Awarded MOD engine support contract

The DLO’s Hercules Integrated Project Team has announced the award of a new and innovative support contract, in the order of some £45 million, for the AE2100D3 turboprop aero-engine, which powers the Royal Air Force's fleet of Hercules C-130J aircraft.

The availability style contract will run for two and a half years and will lead directly into the Hercules Future Support Programme (FSP), itself currently being negotiated.  The new contract will ensure that the services of repair, recondition, modification and technical support of the AE2100D3 turboprop are maintained after the present arrangements run out on 30 Jun 05.

Group Captain Steve Welburn, Leader of the Defence Logistics Organisation's Hercules Integrated Project Team said:

“This contract is the result of work undertaken by members of the Hercules Integrated Project Team and Rolls-Royce Aerospace UK and North America - the original equipment manufacturer.  It will ensure a more efficient supply system, together with a full range of technical support services.  This is a first but significant step towards achieving our joint longer-term aim of providing improved support for the AE2100D3 engine while at the same time ensuring the best possible value-for-money for the British tax-payer."

Notes to Editors

1.  The role of the RAF Hercules fleet is to provide a cargo and passenger carrying service capability to the front-line. The RAF brought its first C-130J aircraft into service in 1999. The current fleet of 25 aircraft operates out of RAF Lyneham, Wiltshire, alongside a fleet of the older Hercules variant, the C130K.

2.  The contract has been awarded by the Ministry of Defence's Defence Logistics Organisation (DLO) and will be managed by the DLO’s Hercules Integrated Project Team based at RAF Wyton, Cambridgeshire.

3.  Photographs and further information are available from:-

Bob Bates, DLO Secretariat (Strike)
Tel: 01480 52451 x7801 Mobile: 0779 099 7285 
Email: drm-commoff2@esair.dlo.mod.uk

Last Updated: 11 Jul 05