Rolls-Royce secures contract extensions worth £100m

The UK company provided support for Conway engines during Operation Ellamy in Libya last year.

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A Rolls-Royce aircraft engine. Credit: Getty Images

Rolls-Royce has secured contract extensions worth almost £100m, in which the British power systems company will provide ongoing support for engines on the UK’s C-130 Hercules transport and VC10 tanker fleets.

The Hercules Integrated Operational Support (HIOS) contract, delivered jointly by Rolls-Royce, Marshall Aerospace and Lockheed Martin, will now provide support for the C-130 fleet until 2015.

Rolls-Royce teams in the UK and and US will provide comprehensive servicing for the AE 2100D3 engine, which powers the C-130J aircraft and the T56 engine on the C-130K.

Paul Craig, executive vice-president in defence services at Rolls-Royce, said:

This contract amendment is testimony to the standard of service delivered to date and reflects the value we offer to our customer. We take pride in supporting the Royal Air Force’s fleet of C-130s and in our successful partnership with Lockheed Martin, Marshall Aerospace and the Ministry of Defence.

It is particularly pleasing that we have continued to deliver high levels of aircraft availability at a time when both the C-130 and VC10 have recently been involved in high-tempo operations. Our innovative approach, which continues to ensure availability for critical operations, has been greatly appreciated by the RAF.

The company has also secured an extension to the contract to provide technical support for Conway engines, which will power the VC10 tanker until it finishes service in 2013. Last year, Rolls-Royce provided around-the-clock support for the engines during Operation Ellamy in Libya.

Rolls-Royce employs more than 40,000 people in over 50 countries, including 11,000 engineers. In 2011, the company invested £908m on research and development.