26-Nov-2014 Source: Rolls Royce
Rolls-Royce has been awarded a new, two-year contract to provide aftermarket engine support for the US Marine Corps and Air Force V-22 fleets, which provides a more than 30 percent reduction in support costs.
The contract, through the company’s innovative MissionCare™ model, is valued at up to $287 million and will cover all V-22 aircraft across the Marine and Air Force fleets. Rolls-Royce is the sole engine provider for V-22 aircraft and has delivered 750 AE 1107C engines to the program.
The reduced maintenance costs result from a significant improvement in engine time on wing since 2009 when the original MissionCare contract was signed. Rolls-Royce has invested $90 million in capability and reliability improvements for the AE 1107C engine. Rolls-Royce has designed a series of upgrades that boost “hot and high” performance and add 17 percent more power to the engine over the original specification.
MissionCare, a Rolls-Royce developed package of services, incentivizes the company to design, develop and implement technology and affordability improvements to benefit the customer.
Tom Hartmann, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President Customer Business, said, “This new contract demonstrates confidence from V-22 operators that Rolls-Royce will continue to provide outstanding service and capability to the V-22 fleets. Operators know they can count on Rolls-Royce to provide the power and support they need to succeed in their missions – while also focusing on increased affordability.”
The Rolls-Royce AE 1107C engine is robust and battle-proven, demonstrating reliability during deployments across the Mideast, Africa and the Pacific. V-22 operators have never cancelled a mission due to engine availability.
The AE 1107C engine shares a common core with the Rolls-Royce AE family of engines, which totals more than 62 million flight hours of service and includes nearly 6,000 total engines in military and commercial service.
The official DoD notice read as follows
Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is being awarded a $287,028,006 firm-fixed-price contract for Mission CareTM maintenance services in support of the V-22 AE1107C engines. The services to be provided include: an engine hourly charge based on hours flown; program management, integrated logistics support, support equipment requirements data, supportability analysis data and updates; configuration management tracking; formal training; supply management and contract/business administration; and site support, including informal technical training, maintenance technical advice, engineering support, and engine repair. Work will be performed in Oakland, California (80 percent), and Indianapolis, Indiana (20 percent), and is expected to be completed in February 2017. Fiscal 2014 aircraft procurement (Air Force); 2015 aircraft procurement (Navy); fiscal 2015 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy); and fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (SOCOM, Navy and Air Force) funds in the amount of $37,781,288 will be obligated on this award, $36,902,575 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy ($18,306,827; 48 percent); the U.S. Air Force ($15,699,125; 43 percent); and the U.S. Special Operations Command ($3,478,336; 9 percent). This contract was not competitively awarded per FAR 6.302-1. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00019-15-C-0016).