A contract Rolls-Royce Corp. has landed to supply helicopter engines to Robinson Helicopter Co. of Torrance,
But the deal to supply several hundred gas turbine engines in coming years likely saved at least some positions, said Rolls-Royce spokesman George McLaren.
Rolls-Royce views the contract as a coup because Robinson is the largest maker of light-duty models used by such buyers as private individuals, corporations and television stations. It is the first time Robinson has used a non-piston engine.
The RR300 engine, which will be produced beginning next year, has 300 horsepower and will be used in a Robinson R66 five-seat model.