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Rolls-Royce bags $51 million Marine contract

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Rolls-Royce Corp.’s Indianapolis operations have been awarded a $51 million military contract to provide engines for the United States Marine Corps’ KC-130J tanker aircraft.

Under the terms of the four-year agreement, Rolls-Royce also will provide parts, engine-management and trouble-shooting services, and logistics support.

The aircraft is flown from three Marine air stations: Miramar, Calif.; Cherry Point, N.C.; and Okinawa, Japan.

The contract is administered by the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command, or NAVAIR, in Maryland.

Rolls-Royce’s Indianapolis manufacturing facility employs about 4,300—making the British aerospace firm the city’s second-largest manufacturer behind Eli Lilly and Co.

The local operation has accumulated several large military contracts in recent months.

In February, it received a multimillion-dollar contract by the U.S. Army to design and develop a digital engine control for the OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopter.

In December, it was awarded a $160.6 million military contract to manufacture 78 turboshaft engines for the U.S. Navy and Air Force helicopters. And, in November, it received an $11.1 million contract to make gas turbine engines for the Army’s OH-58D Kiowa reconnaissance helicopters and an $8.5 million contract to provide spare engine parts for the Air Force’s C-130J military-transport aircraft.
 

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