Rolls-Royce, Raytheon win $154M in military contracts

A pair of Indianapolis military contractors scored new government deals worth a combined $154.4 million, the Department of Defense announced late Wednesday.

Rolls-Royce Corp.’s local operation was awarded a $121.4 million modification to a previously awarded Navy contract to provide 58 engines for the MV-22 Osprey aircraft. The work, which will be performed in Indianapolis and Oakland, Calif., is expected to be complete in April 2012.

Raytheon Technical Services, meanwhile, won a $33 million contract to make  components for a radar system used in support of the F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet. That work will be done in Indianapolis; El Segundo, Calif.; Forest, Miss.; and Andover, Mass; and should be complete by January 2015.

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. In the past year, the local facility has landed more than $500 million in government work.

A division of massive defense and government contractor Raytheon Co. of Waltham, Mass., Raytheon Technical Service’s 1,100-employee local operation has landed at least six other sizable military contracts this year, bringing its total to more than $450 million.

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