Rolls-Royce has completed its 1,500th AE 2100 engine for installation on a Lockheed Martin C-130J aircraft, scheduled for delivery to the US Air Force in 2014.
The milestone demonstrates the continued success of the versatile and proven C-130J military transport aircraft and its powerful, reliable and fuel-efficient turboprop engines. More than 300 of the four-engine transports have been delivered or are on order to customers in 15 countries, across 16 different mission types.
The 1,500th engine was delivered to Lockheed Martin’s Marietta, GA, facility following a celebration event at Rolls-Royce in Indianapolis, IN, where AE 2100 engines are manufactured, assembled and tested.
John Gallo, Rolls-Royce, President Defense Programs, "Delivery of the 1,500th AE 2100 engine marks an important accomplishment for Rolls-Royce, and we are excited to celebrate with our valued partner, Lockheed Martin. This accomplishment also serves as a reminder of how crucial it is that we continue to focus on innovation and efficiency, to ensure this important partnership endures for decades to come."
George Shultz, Lockheed Martin, Vice President and General Manager, C-130 Programs, said, "The C-130J Super Hercules is respected worldwide as a proven workhorse that performs any mission - anywhere, anytime - thanks in large measure to its efficient and reliable Rolls-Royce AE 2100 engines. These engines are proven on the Hercules in rugged missions in the dirt, on the ice and through hurricanes. Since the inception of the C-130J program more than 1 million flying hours ago (4 million engine hours), Rolls-Royce has been an essential partner ensuring the superior performance of the Super Hercules. These 1,500 engines have taken this airlifter to new heights . . . literally."
Source: Rolls-Royce Plc (LSE: RR.L)
Date: Nov 15, 2013