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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.
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