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Rolls-Royce Corp. scored more than $100 million in military business this week, winning two contracts to provide support for engines its makes.

The company on Thursday said it had been awarded an $89 million deal to support F405 engines used in the U.S. Navy’s T-45 training aircraft. The deal with U.S. Department of Defense's Naval Air Systems Command is the second extension of a contract it first won in 2008.

Rolls-Royce makes the engine in partnership with French firm Turbomeca.

Also Thursday, the Defense Department announced a $34.5 million contract for Rolls-Royce to provide logistics support for the U.S. Army’s Kiowa Warrior armed reconnaissance helicopter.

That work, which will be performed in Indianapolis, is expected to be complete by December 2011.

Rolls-Royce has been building engines for the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior since it acquired Allison Engine Co. in the mid-1990s. The helicopter performs scout and light-attack missions in support of ground troops.

The Army solicited and received one bid.

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.

Military contracts have been keeping the local operation busy. In the past year, Rolls-Royce has landed nearly $400 million in government work.

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