Rolls-Royce has delivered its 2,000th AE 2100 engine, which was installed onto a US Air Force C-130J by Lockheed Martin. This major milestone reflects the continued success of Rolls-Royce as the world’s leading engine manufacturer for military transport.
The AE 2100 line has proven itself in operations around the globe, accumulating more than 8 million engine flight hours of dependable service, primarily on C-130J aircraft produced by Lockheed Martin. The AE 2100 also powers C-27J aircraft, the Japanese US-2 sea rescue aircraft and a fleet of Saab 2000 civil turboprop aircraft. From military transport to civil passenger service, and from sea rescue to humanitarian efforts, the AE 2100 has proven itself a versatile powerplant.
The AE 2100 is part of the AE family of engines, which also includes the AE 1107C engine powering V-22 aircraft, and the AE 3007 line, which powers Global Hawk, Triton, and a large fleet of corporate and regional aircraft. The AE engine line overall has topped 65 million engine flight hours.
Phil Burkholder, Rolls-Royce President – Defense Aerospace North America, said, “The AE 2100 engine has been one of the most successful military transport engine lines in Rolls-Royce history. It is a proud moment for us to reach this significant milestone, as well as knowing we provide enhanced mission capability for the US Air Force and other military operators.”
In addition to the AE 2100 line powering C-130J aircraft, Rolls-Royce T56 engines power the global fleet of C-130 legacy aircraft.
About Rolls-Royce Holdings plc
1. Rolls-Royce’s vision is to create better power for a changing world via two main business divisions, Aerospace and Land & Sea. These business divisions address markets with two strong technology platforms, gas turbines and reciprocating engines. Aerospace comprises Civil Aerospace and Defense Aerospace. Land & Sea comprises Marine, Nuclear and Power Systems.
2. Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 120 countries, comprising more than 380 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 4,000 marine customers including 70 navies, and more than 5,000 power and nuclear customers.
3. Our business is focused on the 4Cs:
Customer – placing the customer at the heart of our business
Concentration – deciding where to grow and where not to
Cost – continually looking to increase efficiency
Cash – improving financial performance.
4. Annual underlying revenue was $23.36 billion* in 2014, around half of which came from the provision of aftermarket services. The firm and announced order book stood at $122.4 billion* at 30 June 2015.
5. In 2014, Rolls-Royce invested $1.92 billion* on research and development. We also support a global network of 31 University Technology Centers, which position Rolls-Royce engineers at the forefront of scientific research.
6. Rolls-Royce employs over 54,000 people in more than 50 countries. Over 15,500 of these are engineers.
*Based on an exchange rate of $1.60
Source: Rolls-Royce delivers 2,000th AE 2100 Engine, will power USAF C-130J – Rolls-Royce