Rolls-Royce Signs Innovative Fuel Management Contract With RAAF

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has signed an agreement with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to help improve the fuel efficiency of its C-130 transport fleet. Rolls-Royce will use proven fuel usage analysis and modelling techniques, developed for use by civil airlines to help reducing the fuel consumption and environmental impact of the RAAF.

The 12-month agreement will cover the RAAF’s fleet of C-130 aircraft, based at the RAAF Base Richmond, New South Wales.

An on-site Fuel Manager will be integrated with the squadron and will analyse fuel usage data, utilising technology developed by Optimised Systems and Solutions Inc. (OSyS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rolls-Royce. The results of this analysis will be used to identify ways for the RAAF to further advance its fuel efficiency and emissions reduction efforts.

Nick Durham, Rolls-Royce, President Customer Business UK and International – Defence, said: “We have a longstanding relationship with the RAAF which will be enhanced by the introduction of this innovative fuel efficiency programme. We are now using the fuel management expertise and technology that has been developed for civil airlines, to advise them on how best to reduce their fuel usage. Our experience shows that this could save the RAAF as much as 1-3 per cent of their total fuel bill without compromising their operational capability.”

Air Marshal Geoff Brown, Chief of the Royal Australian Air Force, said: “We are looking for innovative solutions to the challenges that we face and we hope that working together with Rolls-Royce on this trial will identify some real opportunities to make significant savings on a very large element of any defence budget – fuel.”

Source: Rolls-Royce Plc (LSE: RR.L)
Date: Feb 14, 2012