ROLLS-ROYCE INTEGRATES SERVICES AND ENGINES FOR PARIS AIR SHOW
03 Jun 03. Rolls-Royce is exhibiting its growing range of customer services in support of civil and defence engine programmes at the Paris Air Show.
The company’s significant presence in the defence marketplace is also well represented at the Air Show and features engines that will power many of the world’s military aircraft well into the future.
Colin Green, Rolls-Royce President – Defence Aerospace, said: ” The portfolio of products on display highlights our involvement in a range of new programmes, the capability to develop existing and new engines and the opportunity to extend our service offerings. It shows that Rolls-Royce Defence Aerospace is well placed for the future.”
Rolls-Royce is the only aero engine company to participate in the world’s two largest combat programmes.
As a 38 per cent partner in the Eurojet EJ200 turbofan, the company plays a significant role in the Eurofighter Typhoon programme. Production deliveries for the engine are now well underway.
Rolls-Royce is also involved in the US/UK-led F35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme. The exhibit at Paris features the Rolls-Royce LiftFan(tm) and Three Bearing Swivel Module which will provide the aircraft with the unique short take-off vertical landing (STOVL) capability. The STOVL components are designed to be interchangeable with both of the JSF’s alternate powerplants, the F135, and the F136 in which Rolls-Royce has a 40 per cent share. Potential orders for the JSF are estimated at over 3,000 aircraft worldwide.
The new Adour 951 engine makes its Paris debut on the Rolls-Royce stand. Derived from the Adour family that powers some of the world’s most popular trainer aircraft, the 951 incorporates technology from both the Trent and EJ200 engines, illustrating the company’s ability to leverage expertise across its product line. The 951 recently made its first successful flight in South Africa as part of its development programme. To date more than 2,600 Adour engines have been produced and the Adour fleet has accumulated over six million flying hours.
The Rolls-Royce position as the undisputed leader of the transport sector is illustrated by the presence of the AE2100 turboprop which has taken up the mantle of the T56 to power future generations of the ubiquitous Lockheed Martin C130 family. The popularity of the four-engined C130J continues, with a recent United States armed forces order for 60 aircraft producing an engine contract worth in excess of $300m. Rolls-Royce is also a 28 per cent shareholder in EuroProp International, which was recently selected to provide the TP400-D6 to power the Airbus A400M transport aircraft. A model of of the engine, which will be the largest turboprop in the Western world, can be seen on the EPI stand.
Bridging the gap between military aircraft and helicopter powerplants is the
AE1107C-Liberty which powers the unique V-22 Osprey. Over 100 engines have already been delivered and Rolls-Royce recently secured a contract to supply an additional 22 engines to the United States.
Generating 6,150 shaft horsepower, the AE1107C-Liberty is at the top end of the power spectrum of the turboshaft engines on show. Also featured is the RTM322, which stands as the customers’ choice in its class having been selected by 85 per cent of NH90 operators and for almost 70 per cent of EH101 sales. The LHTEC T800 engine is the powerplant for the Super Lynx 300, which now has three export customers, and the Model 250 remains the engine of choice for most light helicopters. Over 28,500 Model 250s have been produced.
The Model 250 also serves the tactical sector of the market, powering the Fire Scout unmanned helicopter. Also targeted at this sector are two of the civil engines that form part of the company’s Paris exhibition. In addition to its position on regional jets, the