Rolls-Royce scores $49M military contract

Rolls-Royce Corp.’s Indianapolis operation is finishing the year out the way it started—racking up lucrative military deals.

This week, the local manufacturer was awarded a $49 million contract modification to provide 24 engines for the U.S. Air Force’s CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. The Department of Defense announced the deal Monday.

Work, which will be performed in Oakland, Calif., and Indianapolis, is expected to be complete in April 2012.

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.

Last  week, it won a $121.4 million Navy contract to provide 58 engines for the MV-22 Osprey.

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