Rolls-Royce snags $7.5 million military contract

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Engineers at Rolls-Royce Corp.’s Indianapolis manufacturing facility will work for the next year to design, develop and test an upgrade for a digital engine control the company is making for the U.S. Army’s OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopter.

The Department of Defense announced the $7.5 million contract Monday. Work is expected to be complete by May 28, 2011.

In February, the British aerospace firm won another multimillion-dollar deal to design and make the engine control, and in April was awarded a $51 million contract to provide engines for a U.S. Marine Corps’ tanker aircraft.

Rolls-Royce, which employs about 4,300 in Indianapolis, was awarded another $180 million in U.S. military contracts late last year, including a $160.6 million project making engines for the Air Force and Navy.


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