Rolls-Royce secures five-year 'MissionCare' V-22 contract

Rolls-Royce announces a five-year ‘MissionCare' contract, worth US$1.2bn, to maintain AE 1107C turboshaft engines on the US Air Force (USAF), Marine Corps (USMC) and Navy V-22 Osprey tiltrotor fleet.

The contract was announced by the engine manufacturer on November 26, and makes Rolls-Royce responsible for all aspects of V-22 propulsion system support on a ‘power-by-the-hour' basis.

Paul Craig of Rolls-Royce said: “Rolls-Royce has supported the warfighter and these remarkable, revolutionary aircraft since they entered service in 2007. Our ‘MissionCare' services model ensures the warfighters are focused on their missions, not their engine availability. Rolls-Royce is proud to serve the Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force and contribute to the success of V-22 missions around the world.”

USAF CV-22B [Khalem Chapman]
Bell Boeing CV-22B Osprey, serial 11-0057, operated by the 7th Special Operations Squadron 'Aircommandos' under the USAF's Special Operations Command, displays at the Royal International Air Tattoo in 2015. Khalem Chapman

Nearly 1,000 AE 1107C turboshaft engines have been delivered to more than 375 in-service CV-22B/MV-22B aircraft around the world - which recently surpassed 500,000 operational flight hours. See more here: V-22 Osprey surpasses 500,000 flight hours

The engines are produced at Rolls-Royce's largest US-based facility, located in Indianapolis, Indiana, which is nearing completion of a $600-million investment to modernise and upgrade technology, turning it into a state-of-the-art, advanced manufacturing operation. Part of the AE family, the company boasts the engine's reliability and proven record on both military and civil platforms, citing the "engine fleet has topped 77 million hours of dependable service around the world."

The USAF and USMC are currently the prime operators of the V-22, equipped with the CV-22B and MV-22B respectively. From 2020, the US Navy will operate a variant of the tiltrotor, dubbed the CMV-22B, which will replace the service's ageing Grumman C-2A(R) Greyhounds in executing carrier onboard delivery (COD) tasks. Japan's Self-Defense Forces have also placed an order for five V-22s.