Rolls-Royce T56 Engine Enhancement for USAF Exceeds Expectations

  Rolls-Royce T56 Engine Enhancement for USAF Exceeds Expectations

Business Wire

RESTON, Va. -- December 10, 2012

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, and the United States Air Force
have completed flight testing for the latest enhancement for the T56 engine,
and preliminary results have exceeded expectations for reduced fuel
consumption and reliability improvements.

A US Air Force C-130 takes off to begin flight tests at Edwards AFB with the
Rolls-Royce T56 Series ...

A US Air Force C-130 takes off to begin flight tests at Edwards AFB with the
Rolls-Royce T56 Series 3.5 engine enhancement. The Series 3.5 will offer
significant fuel savings, improved reliability, and longer engine life to
C-130 operators. (Photo: United States Air Force)

The Rolls-Royce T56 engine powers all legacy C-130 aircraft, with the Series
3.5 program the latest improvement aimed at enhancing performance. Recent
flight tests with an installed Series 3.5 engine demonstrated a 9.7 percent
reduction in fuel consumption and more than 22 percent increase in
reliability, achieved through a significant reduction in operating

Tom Hartmann, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President – Defence, said, “The flight
test data from the USAF demonstrates even better results than were expected.”

“The USAF flight test team has confirmed that by inserting new technology we
can bring dramatic improvements in fuel consumption and engine reliability to
C-130 operators,” Hartmann said.

The C-130H test aircraft completed its flights in October at Edwards Air Force
Base, CA. A final report on the test data is expected later in the year, with
Accelerated Mission Testing under way at Rolls-Royce facilities in
Indianapolis. Certification of the Series 3.5 by the FAA and qualification by
the USAF are expected in 2013.

The Series 3.5 engine enhancement uses proven technologies from other
Rolls-Royce commercial and military engines, including new materials for
blades and vanes, and advanced aerodynamic designs for turbine airfoils. The
Series 3.5 will also improve performance in ‘hot and high’ conditions, and
dramatically reduce emissions.

The Series 3.5 engine enhancement will enable the USAF to continue to operate
its C-130H fleet until 2040, and a USAF analysis estimated its long-term
savings from the program could exceed $2 billion.

The engine improvements can be accomplished as part of a conventional engine
overhaul, and do not require any aircraft or engine control system
modifications. Each C-130 aircraft has four Rolls-Royce T56 engines, with
approximately 220 USAF C-130H models eligible for updating.

The Series 3.5 program will help the Air Force to achieve its goal of reducing
consumption of aviation fuel by 10 percent by 2015.

Notes to Editors:

  *Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for
    use on land, at sea and in the air, and has established a strong position
    in global markets - civil aerospace, defense aerospace, marine and energy.
  *As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base
    comprising more than 500 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft
    and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 4,000 marine
    customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in more than 80
  *Annual underlying revenue was $18.1 billion* in 2011, of which more than
    half came from the sale of aftermarket services. The firm and announced
    order book stood at $96.2 billion* at June 30, 2012, providing visibility
    of future growth.
  *Rolls-Royce employs over 40,000 people in offices, manufacturing and
    service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 11,000 of these employees
    are engineers.
  *In 2011, Rolls-Royce invested $1.4 billion* in research and development,
    two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the
    environmental performance of its products, in particular reducing
  *Rolls-Royce supports a global network of 28 University Technology Centers,
    which connect the company’s engineers with the forefront of scientific
  *The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment
    and to further developing employee skills.
  *In North America, Rolls-Royce employs more than 9,300 people in 66
    locations in 26 states and 7 sites in 6 Canadian provinces. In the United
    States, Rolls-Royce employs more than 7,700 people in 26 states.
  *In the U.S., Rolls-Royce operates 15 manufacturing, assembly or test
    facilities in 10 states including California, Indiana, Louisiana,
    Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and

                                         * Assumed exchange rate: £1.00= $1.60

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