Rolls-Royce Corp. is awarded a contract modification, worth around $62.4 million, to supply 29 AE1107C turboshaft engines in support of the U.S. Navy’s new CMV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft.
Fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of around $21.5 million; and fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of around $40.9 million will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is the contracting activity (N00019-17-C-0081).
The work on the contract will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is expected to be completed in December 2021, said the Pentagon contract announcement.
Rolls-Royce AE 1107C-Liberty
The Rolls-Royce AE 1107C-Liberty (U.S. military designation: T406) is a turboshaft engine, delivering 6,000 shp (4,470 kW), developed by Allison Engine Company/Rolls-Royce plc. The engine shares a common core with the AE 3007 (U.S. military designation: F137) turbofan and AE 2100 turboprop series of aircraft engines.
The T406 engine powers the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft operated by the U.S. Marine Corps (MV-22B), the Air Force (CV-22B) and the Navy (CMV-22B). Each osprey is equipped with two AE1107C engines.
Rolls-Royce has delivered nearly 1,000 AE 1107C engines for V-22 aircraft in operation around the world. The total fleet of more than 375 MV-22s and CV-22s in service recently topped 500,000 flight hours – or 1 million engine hours on the twin-engine aircraft.
The CMV-22B Osprey is the U.S. Navy variant of the MV-22B Osprey, operated by the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC), and is the replacement for the C-2A Greyhound for the Carrier Onboard Delivery (COD) mission.
The V-22 Osprey is a tiltrotor V/STOL (vertical and/or short take-off and landing) aircraft that can take off and land as a helicopter but transit as a turboprop aircraft. It was developed by a partnership between Bell Helicopter and Boeing Helicopters.
The CMV-22B is the Navy’s long-range/medium-lift element of the intra-theater aerial logistics capability; it fulfills the Joint Force Maritime Component Commander (JFMCC) time-critical logistics air connector requirements by transporting personnel, mail and priority cargo from advance bases to the Seabase.
It will provide the Navy with significant increases in capability and operational flexibility over the C-2A. CMV-22B operations can be either shore-based, “expeditionary”, or sea-based. The Osprey is a critical warfighting enabler, providing the time sensitive combat logistics needed to support combat operations.
As compared to the MV-22B, the Navy variant has extended operational range, a beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) HF radio, improved fuel dump capability, a public address system for passengers, and an improved lighting system for cargo loading. The CMV-22B will be capable of transporting up to 6,000 pounds of cargo/personnel to a 1,150 NM range.
The Navy officially accepted the first CMV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft during a reveal ceremony on Feb. 7, 2020 at Bell’s Assembly Center in Amarillo, TX.
The CMV-22B is expected to field with Initial Operational Capability (IOC) and deploy for the first time (projected) in 2021. While the Program of Record has 48 CMV-22 projected, the Navy currently plans to procure only 44 aircraft.