Rolls Royce, Lockheed in $1 billion deal to power Hercules aircraft

LONDON Wed Feb 12, 2014 7:18am EST

The logo and sign of Rolls-Royce is seen at its Seletar campus in Singapore September 12, 2012. REUTERS/Tim Chong

The logo and sign of Rolls-Royce is seen at its Seletar campus in Singapore September 12, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Tim Chong

LONDON (Reuters) - British engine maker Rolls Royce (RR.L) has agreed with Lockheed Martin (LMT.N) a deal worth up to $1 billion to deliver 600 engines to power future C-130J Super Hercules military transport aircraft.

It said on Wednesday that the agreement secured Rolls Royce's AE 2100 as the engine of choice for all variants of the C-130J to 2025. The engine deal will service United States government and international contract requirements between 2014-18.

"This agreement is a very important step in providing our customers the most affordable airlifter in the world," said Lockheed's Vice President and General Manager for C-130 Programs George Shultz.

"The C-130J Super Hercules has proven the 'value of the power' as the Rolls-Royce AE 2100 propulsion system allows the Super Hercules to perform any mission, anywhere, any time."

On February 3, Lockheed Martin launched the civil variant of the four-engine C-130J Super Hercules.

(Reporting by Brenda Goh; editing by James Davey)

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Comments (2)
jmpt wrote:
Isn’t it about time that ALL contracts for US military spending go to US companies instead of being outsourced ? It’s OUR tax money, it should be AMERICAN jobs being created!!!

Feb 12, 2014 12:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jmpt wrote:
Isn’t it about time that ALL contracts for US military spending go to US companies instead of being outsourced ? It’s OUR tax money, it should be AMERICAN jobs being created!!!

Feb 12, 2014 12:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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