The U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded a contract to Rolls-Royce for the procurement of production and spare AE1107C engines, used on V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft.
This contract provides for the procurement of 56 V-22 AE1107C engines, including 36 production engines for the Marine Corps, and 16 production and 4 spare engines for Japan.
The estimated value of the contract is around $115 million. This contract combines purchases for the Navy (62.3 percent); and the government of Japan (37.7 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.
The contract work will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is expected to be completed in November 2018.
Rolls-Royce T406 (AE 1107C-Liberty)
Rolls-Royce T406 (company designation AE 1107C-Liberty) is a turboshaft engine that powers the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor. The T406/AE1107C Liberty shares a common core with the AE 3007 and AE 2100 series of engines.
The Osprey is in service with the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and United States Air Force (USAF). The engine delivers 6,000 shp (4,470 kW).
Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey
The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey is a joint-service, multirole combat aircraft that uses tiltrotor technology to combine the vertical performance of a helicopter with the speed and range of a fixed-wing aircraft.
With its nacelles and rotors in vertical position, it can take off, land and hover like a helicopter. Once airborne, its nacelles can be rotated to transition the aircraft to a turboprop airplane capable of high-speed, high-altitude flight.
The V-22 Osprey has been continuously deployed since entering service in 2007 with the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) in 2009.
The V-22 has been deployed in numerous missions around the world, including casualty evacuation, tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, resupply, VIP transport, and theater security cooperation.
The aircraft has seen extensive action in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, in Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and as part of a U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) supporting a long-range rapid reaction/crisis response force.