[Aviation Today February 12, 2014] Lockheed Martin
has a new long term agreement with Rolls-Royce worth up to $1 billion for development of 600 engines to power future C-130J Super Hercules military transport aircraft.
C-130J. Photo, courtesy of the US Air Force.
George Schultz, vice president and general manager of C-130 programs at Lockheed Martin
, says the agreement will provide military units with the "most affordable airlifter in the world."
According to Rolls-Royce, the agreement will service all U.S. and international contract requirements from 2014 to 2018. Legacy C-130s are powered by the Rolls-Royce T56 engines, while the AE 2100 powers all C-130Js. The new agreement will make the AE 2100 standard on all new production C-130Js to 2025.
Lockheed also recently announced plans to obtain certification from the FAA to develop a new civil variant of the C-130, the LM-100J.