Rolls-Royce AE1107C powers Boeing V-22 Osprey program

Rolls-Royce AE1107C powers Boeing V-22 Osprey program 19 Oct, 11, Source: Forecast International

The Rolls-Royce AE 1107C is produced for one application, the Boeing V-22 Osprey. Boeing submitted a multiyear proposal to the U.S. Navy for a follow-on contract to succeed the program’s current multiyear deal. The current contract covering FY08 through FY12 is for 174 aircraft. The new contract would cover FY13 to FY17 and includes a proposal for 122 aircraft between the USMC and the USAF.

The U.S. Navy plans to purchase 48 MV-22s but the outlook is not clear as the Navy has no defined requirement for the aircraft. The current budget environment could mean the sacrifice of these MV-22s in favor of more critical and necessary aircraft.

Bell/Boeing are proposing the V-22 as a candidate for two upcoming U.S. military programs; the Navy’s VXX presidential transport helicopter program and the USAF’s HH-60 Personnel Recovery Recpitalization Program (formerly CSAR-X). In addition to the V-22, Boeing is proposing its CH-47 for the VXX program, in addition to teaming with AgustaWestland on the AW101 for the same contract.

Currently, no export sales of the V-22 have materialized, although a future sale is not out of the question. The V-22’s combat service record has been good, nothwithstanding a fatal crash in April of 2010 involving a USAF CV-22 in Afghanistan. The Israeli Air Force was conducting a technical review of the V-22 in mid-2011 which may lead to an order.

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