Rolls-Royce wins $2.6bn B-52H re-engining contract

Rolls-Royce has emerged as the winner of the competition to re-engine the US Air Force's (USAF's) 76-strong fleet of Boeing B-52H Stratofortress long-range strategic heavy bombers, beating off competition from GE Aviation and Pratt & Whitney.

On September 24, the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) awarded Rolls-Royce Corporation of Indianapolis, Indiana, an estimated US$500.87m indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a six-year base period for B-52 Replacement Engines, with a potential total value of US$2.604bn if all options are exercised.

The competitive single-award contract under the B-52 Commercial Engine Replacement Program (CERP) provides for 608 military-derivative commercial engines, plus spare engines, associated support equipment and commercial engineering data, including sustainment activities, to be used on the B-52H bomber fleet. An initial US$5.46m in fiscal year 2021 research and development funds was released at the time of the contract award.

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