A faster, better, cheaper upgrade for the RAF

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology

ISSN: 0002-2667

Article publication date: 1 April 2000




(2000), "A faster, better, cheaper upgrade for the RAF", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 72 No. 2. https://doi.org/10.1108/aeat.2000.12772bab.050



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A faster, better, cheaper upgrade for the RAF

A faster, better, cheaper upgrade for the RAF

Keywords: RAF, Rolls-Royce, Aero engines, Upgrade

A £120 million contract to upgrade engines for the RAF's Harrier aircraft has been signed months earlier than planned and in a better deal for the taxpayer in an agreement that benefits both the Ministry of Defence and manufacturer Rolls-Royce.

Rolls-Royce will upgrade 40 Pegasus engines to Mk 107 standard, providing greater thrust and reliability and allowing the Harrier to operate more effectively in warm climates. The first engine will be delivered for flight trials next December, with main engine deliveries starting in 2002. An option to upgrade a further 86 engines worth a further £230 million - if required by the MoD - is included in the deal.

Under the terms of the deal, the MoD has signed the contract six to 12 months early, ensuring continuity of production and safeguarding jobs at Rolls-Royce's Bristol and East Kilbride factories and Rolls-Royce is delivering the engines at a significant cost advantage for the MoD.

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