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Alenia Aeronautica and Rolls-Royce sign $200m agreement for engines to power C-27J aircraft


Indianapolis (ROLLS ROYCE) - Alenia Aeronautica, a Finmeccanica company, and Rolls-Royce, the world-leading provider of power systems and services, have signed an agreement worth more than $200 million under which Rolls-Royce will supply 42 propulsion systems for C-27J tactical military transport aircraft.

The C-27J is a candidate for the Joint Cargo Aircraft program for the U.S. Army and Air Force.

The agreement includes up to 84 AE 2100-D2 engines, which are manufactured by Rolls-Royce in Indianapolis, IN. Rolls-Royce is the world’s leading producer of engines for military transport aircraft.

The agreement also includes six-bladed Dowty R-391 propellers and technical support.

Dennis Jarvi, President Defense North America for Rolls-Royce, said, “This agreement with Alenia Aeronautica is a very significant development in cooperation between two leading aerospace companies. The agreement demonstrates the continued commitment of Rolls-Royce to meet the needs of the military customer, in the U.S. and among other allies around the world.”

Giovanni Bertolone, CEO of Alenia Aeronautica, said: ”The Rolls-Royce AE 2100-D2 engine is one of the key elements assuring the excellent performance and reliability of the C-27J. The growth potential of the Rolls-Royce engines also provide the aircraft with the capacity to carry out all the tactical transport roles foreseen in the years to come.”

C-27J Spartan aircraft are in use by the Hellenic Air Force and being delivered to the Italian and Bulgarian air forces.

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