Rolls-Royce lands $216M contract for fighter jet lift systems

Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc has landed a $216 million contract to produce vertical lift systems for fighter jets, and most of that work will happen at the manufacturer’s Plainfield and Indianapolis facilities.

Based in England, Rolls-Royce makes engines used in aerospace, marine, energy and off-highway environments. The company has more than 50,000 employees worldwide, including about 4,000 locally.

This week, Rolls-Royce announced it has reached an agreement to produce 13 LiftSystems for Pratt & Whitney. The LiftSystem is used in the F-35B Lightning II aircraft, allowing the fighter jet to perform short take-offs and vertical landings.

“It is the only technology like it in the world today. We’re the only company in the world that makes it,” said George McLaren, an Indianapolis-based Rolls-Royce spokesman.

McLaren said most of the work on this contract will be handled locally. Major assembly of the LiftSystem components takes place at a Rolls-Royce facility in Plainfield, with engineering support from a team in Indianapolis.

“It is a big significant local program for us,” McLaren said.

The one-year contract isn’t expected to affect local staffing levels, he said.

F-35B fighter jets are used by the Marines, along with England’s Royal Air Force and Royal Navy.
 

Please enable JavaScript to view this content.

Story Continues Below

Editor's note: IBJ is now using a new comment system. Your Disqus account will no longer work on the IBJ site. Instead, you can leave a comment on stories by signing in to your IBJ account. If you have not registered, please sign up for a free account now. Past comments are not currently showing up on stories, but they will be added in the coming weeks. Please note our updated comment policy that will govern how comments are moderated.