Rolls-Royce Awards JSF Contract To Philips Aerospace
(Source : Rolls-Royce plc; issued Jan. 9, 2003)


INDIANAPOLIS --- Rolls-Royce has today (9 January 2003) placed a contract with Philips Aerospace of the Netherlands for the supply of fan cases for the F136 engine, which is being designed with General Electric to power the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).

The contract cements the relationship between Rolls-Royce and Philips Aerospace for the F136 program which began with the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two companies at the Paris Air Show in 1999.

Tom Hartmann, Vice President of JSF F136 Program, Rolls-Royce said: "Philips are bringing the expertise of high-technology, high-volume manufacture to the aerospace sector and this will help us to develop an excellent technical design that is cost effective and affordable."

"This order illustrates our long running commitment to industry in The Netherlands and Philips Aerospace will now lead a group of companies and institutions involved in the JSF F136 program. This approach will ensure that Rolls-Royce and the group members will work effectively in a team environment with ease of communication and exchange of information as the key," he added.

Philips Aerospace CEO, Kees de Korver added: "This order marks the beginning of our JSF relationship, which will build towards an effective and affordable F136 engine, and proves the confidence of Rolls-Royce in Philips Aerospace."

The GE/Rolls-Royce F136 Fighter Engine Team comprises: GE Aircraft Engines in Cincinnati, Ohio, Rolls-Royce Corporation in Indianapolis, Indiana and Rolls-Royce plc in Bristol, England.

The development of the 40,000-pound thrust class F136 engine under contract for the Joint Strike Fighter Program (JSF) is a cornerstone of future defense capability for the United States, the United Kingdom and their allied partners.

The first full F136 engine will go on test in 2004 and production engines will be available from 2010 in time for all International requirements.

Work-share split in the joint company is 60 percent for GE and 40 percent for Rolls-Royce.

GE Aircraft Engines (GEAE), with responsibility for 60 percent of the program, is developing the core-compressor, coupled turbine system, and the augmentor. Rolls-Royce, with 40 percent of the program, is responsible for the fan, combustor, low pressure turbine, and gearbox. Philips Aerospace will provide propulsion system components. FiatAvio is responsible for structural components for the low-pressure turbine and will participate in the development of the accessory gearbox.

The F136 engine incorporates advanced technology and processes that GEAE and Rolls-Royce obtained from the highly successful IHPTET (Integrated High Performance Turbine Engine Technology) and UK Technology Demonstrator programs. These technologies mean that F136 customers will benefit from better reliability, maintainability and cost benefits.

GEAE and Rolls-Royce are currently engaged in development work under the four-year, Phase III JSF program. This pre-System and Development Demonstration (SDD) phase, performed under a $411 million contract, runs through 2005.

During Phase III, the F136 engines will be tested for the various JSF variants: Short Takeoff Vertical Landing (STOVL) for the U.S. Marine Corps, U.K. Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, Conventional Takeoff/Landing (CTOL) for the U.S. Air Force, and the Carrier Variant (CV) for the U.S. Navy.

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