24 March 2002
24 March 2002
Rolls-Royce will provide 24 to 30 engines worth an estimated $60 million including spares and initial provisioning to the Greek Armed Forces for the C-27J transport planes.
The C-27J Spartan is built jointly by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company and Italy's Alenia Aeronautica S.p.A. and is powered by two Rolls-Royce AE 2100 engines. ""The outstanding capabilities of the C-27J, coupled with the proven performance of the Rolls-Royce AE 2100 engine, provides a remarkable product for the medium tactical airlifter market,"" said Richard B. Lewis II, chief operating officer, Rolls-Royce Corporation.
The 4637 shp Rolls-Royce engines are designed and produced at the Rolls- Royce facilities in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S. They are close derivatives of the engines powering both the modernized Lockheed C-130J Hercules, being introduced into service in the U.S., UK, and Australia, and the SAAB 2000 regional airliner in use in Europe.
The Lockheed Martin/Alenia joint venture selected the Rolls-Royce AE 2100 to power the C-27J in 1997. The two AE 2100D2 engines, which drive Dowty six- bladed composite propellers, provide operational advantages in the aircraft's range, cruise ceiling and reduced operating costs when compared with similar aircraft in use today.
The use of composites within the rail industry is predicted to grow by up to 40% between 2015 and 2020 according to the Composites Leadership Forum, reports Fibrelite, a UK manufacturer of composite trench covers.
Plasan Carbon Composites (PCC) has been awarded a contract to produce the first composite ramps and bridgeplates for Amtrak.