Rolls-Royce Delivers 2,000th AE 2100 Engine, Will Power C-130J Super Hercules
Rolls-Royce has delivered its 2,000th AE 2100 engine, which was installed onto a US Air Force C-130J by Lockheed Martin. This major milestone reflects the continued success of Rolls-Royce as the world’s leading engine manufacturer for military transport. Developed to power the latest generation of high-speed turboprop aircraft, the AE 2100 has been designed to operate under the demanding conditions of open water and off-runway take-offs and landings.
Setting new standards for turboprop performance, efficiency and economy, the AE 2100’s versatility is highlighted by its selection for regional, key military transport and long-range maritime patrol applications worldwide.
Phil Burkholder, Rolls-Royce President - Defense Aerospace North America, said,
“The AE 2100 engine has been one of the most successful military transport engine lines in Rolls-Royce history. It is a proud moment for us to reach this significant milestone, as well as knowing we provide enhanced mission capability for the US Air Force and other military operators.”
The AE 2100 is a turboprop derivative of the T406 turboshaft engine. It has been developed to power the new generation of high-speed regional aircraft in the 50 to 70 seat category, military transports and long-range maritime patrol aircraft. The engine is coupled to a new technology six-bladed Dowty propeller for use on the 50-seat Saab 2000 and the Lockheed C-130J Hercules military transport.
The C-130J Super Hercules is the world’s most advanced tactical airlifter. Designed and developed with mission flexibility in mind, the C-130J has a unique mix of agility and performance to complete any mission, anytime, anywhere. The C-130J Super Hercules offers superior performance and new capabilities, with the range and flexibility for every theater of operations and evolving requirements. This rugged aircraft is regularly sent on missions in the harshest environments, and is often the first aircraft to touch down, usually on austere landing strips before any other transport to provide humanitarian relief after natural disasters.
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