Typhoon Support Contract
(Source: House of Commons; issued Jan. 14, 2010)
(Below is an MoD statement to the House of Commons)
Rolls-Royce is a major shareholder of the joint venture company which developed and manufactures the Typhoon's EJ200 turbojet engines. (UK MoD photo)
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Mr. Quentin Davies):
“I am pleased to announce that the Ministry of Defence has today signed a 10-year contract with Rolls-Royce, worth £865 million, for an enduring spares inclusive availability service for the Typhoon engine (EJ200).
“This contract will see Rolls-Royce taking a major role in ensuring the availability of the Typhoon fleet to meet its standing and operational commitments and demonstrates the Ministry of Defence's commitment to partnering with British industry to get more efficient support for our front-line Typhoon fighter force.
“The innovative partnering arrangement will help to sustain up to 3,000 highly skilled jobs throughout Rolls-Royce and the supply chain. Contracting for the long term will enable Rolls-Royce to consolidate its cost base and provide stability to its workforce while providing the optimised support service that the RAF requires.”
£865m Engine Contract for RAF’s Fastest Jets
(Source: UK Ministry of Defence; issued Jan. 15, 2010)
(Added Jan. 15, 2010 at 15:40 GMT)
A ten-year, £865M contract has been placed with Rolls-Royce for the engines on the Royal Air Force’s most advanced fighter jet, the Typhoon, the MoD announced today.
The Typhoon engines - the EJ200 - will be maintained and supported under an arrangement that will help to sustain up to 3,000 highly-skilled jobs.
Minister for Defence Equipment and Support, Quentin Davies, said:
“This contract will ensure that our Typhoon aircraft continue to meet their operational commitments as a cornerstone of the UK’s air defence capabilities. We are committed to building strong arrangements with UK industry, in this case to get more efficient and affordable support for our front-line Typhoon fighter force.
“This is excellent news for both the MoD and UK industry with the sustainment of some 3,000 jobs over the ten-year term of this contract. The Typhoon programme directly employs some 15,000 aerospace and engineering staff in some of the UK’s leading companies, and many more throughout the supply chain. Today’s announcement is important militarily and industrially to the UK.”
The Head of the Typhoon Team, Air Vice Marshal Chris Bushell, said:
“This is good news for us all: the EJ200 engine is demonstrating unprecedented reliability, and this support service will continue to maximise aircraft availability in the most cost-effective way. Typhoon has now been operational in the air defence role for well over two years and a multi-role capability was integrated and declared combat ready by the RAF in July 2008.
“The signature of this partnering contract builds on this success and will underpin Typhoon’s growing capability and utilisation.”
Work on these engines will be based at RAF Coningsby - the Typhoon Main Operating Base - and from later this year RAF Leuchars, the new Forward Operating Base for the aircraft. Some of the work will be undertaken at Rolls-Royce Ansty in Leicestershire and Rolls-Royce Filton in Bristol.
The contract will also provide support to deployed operating bases and the Falkland Islands.
This new contract represents the culmination of the work undertaken with Rolls-Royce on support for the engine and will play a major role in ensuring the availability of the Typhoon fleet to meet its standing and future operational commitments, drawing on best practice and lessons learnt on previous MoD and Rolls-Royce support arrangement contracts. Future support of the Typhoon aircraft is focussed on building partnering arrangements with BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce for both the aircraft and engines.
1. The Typhoon is the RAF’s newest high-performance multi-role fighter, capable of employment in a wide range of roles, including air defence and ground attack.
Systematically replacing the Tornado F3 on air defence duties, the Typhoon is currently based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, with RAF Leuchars in Fife designated as a second operating base from 2010. A flight of Typhoons has also replaced the Tornado F3s in the Falkland Islands.
VITAL STATISTICS (GENERAL TO ALL TYPHOON AIRCRAFT)
--Powerplant: Two Eurojet EJ200 turbojets: Thrust: 20,000lbs each
--Dimensions: Length: 15.96m; Wingspan: 11.09m; Height: 5.29m
--Weight: 21 tonnes
--Speed: Approx Mach 2
Weapon System Includes:
--Missiles: AMRAAM and ASRAAM
-- Bombs: Paveway II, Enhanced Paveway II, Paveway IV to be integrated from 2012.
--Gun: Mauser 27mm. (ends)
Rolls-Royce Extends Support for UK Typhoon Fleet
(Source: Rolls-Royce plc; issued Jan. 15, 2010)
Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has signed an innovative service contract worth £865 million with the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to support the Royal Air Force’s fleet of Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft which are powered by EJ200 engines, assembled by Rolls-Royce in Bristol.
Under the terms of the contract, which runs until 2019, Rolls-Royce will provide the RAF with a guaranteed level of availability for its EJ200 engines.
Rolls-Royce has been contracted to support the RAF’s EJ200 engine fleet since November 2001 and has consistently met 100 per cent of the performance requirements from the outset.
Martin Fausset, Managing Director of Rolls-Royce Defence Aerospace, said: “This contract meets the challenge set by the MOD to industry of delivering affordable and innovative support solutions for the Typhoon programme. We apply a high level of technology and innovation into developing support solutions, as we do to developing our engines, which gives the Armed Forces the twin benefits of increased operational capability and better value for money.”
Typhoon Team Leader Air Vice Marshal Chris Bushell said: "Today's announcement of a 10-year engine availability service with Rolls-Royce is good news for us all; the service will maximise aircraft availability by using the most cost-effective solution. Typhoon has now been operational in the air defence role for well over two years and a multi-role capability was integrated and declared combat ready by the RAF in July 2008. The signature of the Partnered Support Operational Phase 3 contract builds on this success and will underpin Typhoon's growing capability and utilisation."
Rolls-Royce undertakes all aspects of EJ200 engine support, including the provision of replacement engines to meet customer demands, and technical support both on-base and from the Rolls-Royce Operations Centre in Bristol.
Rolls-Royce support operations are centred at the Typhoon Propulsion Support Facility at RAF Coningsby, where the RAF’s Typhoon squadrons are based. From there, a team comprising both Rolls-Royce and RAF personnel manages the engine support for aircraft operations in the field and also carries out some engine repairs. This will be augmented in 2010 by a second Main Operating Base at RAF Leuchars where Rolls-Royce will also have a support team.
The majority of engine repairs are undertaken at the Rolls-Royce facilities at Ansty, near Coventry, and Bristol.
Rolls-Royce is a shareholder in Eurojet, the European consortium responsible for the EJ200 engine that powers the Eurofighter Typhoon twin-engine combat aircraft, and has a 37% production share of the programme.