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Rolls-Royce scores $11M military helicopter contract

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The good news continues for Rolls-Royce Corp.’s Indianapolis operations, which this week received an $11.1 million contract to make gas turbine engines for the Army’s OH-58D Kiowa reconnaissance helicopters.

On Monday, the company said it won an $8.5 million contract to provide spare engine parts for the Air Force’s C-130J military-transport aircraft.

The U.S. Army’s Aviation and Missile Contracting Center awarded the Army contract on Nov. 6 and released information about the decision late Thursday. Rolls-Royce officials were not immediately available for comment, but the Department of Defense said it asked for and received one bid for the work.

Under the terms of the contract, Rolls-Royce will make 20 to 135 of the engines by Dec. 12, 2012. Work will be performed at its Indianapolis manufacturing facility, which employs about 4,300—making the British aerospace firm the city’s second-largest manufacturer behind Eli Lilly and Co.

In May, Rolls-Royce received $80 million to provide spare engines and parts for the C-130 flown by the Air Force, Marine Corps, Royal Norwegian Air Force and Indian Air Force.

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