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Rolls-Royce has delivered the first T56 Series 3.5 engine upgrade kits to the US Air Force as the service introduces the improvements to its C-130H transport fleet.

The company says the Series 3.5 engine upgrade kits are already demonstrating success in a Hurricane Hunter WP-3D aircraft of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with fuel savings exceeding 12 percent and improved range and payload capability. NOAA flight data also shows significantly lower turbine temperatures, improved high-altitude performance and much faster engine starts.

Phil Burkholder, Rolls-Royce, President - Defense Aerospace North America, said, “The T56 Series 3.5 technology has already proven itself in the field on the P-3 aircraft, and the US Air Force contract reflects confidence in the upgrade from the largest C-130H fleet operator in the world. Recipients of the Series 3.5 upgrade will soon reap the benefits demonstrated in the NOAA aircraft – significant improvements in fuel economy and enhanced performance, leading to lower operating costs and improved reliability.”

The Air National Guard C-130Hs, in Wyoming and New York State, will be the first to receive the engine upgrades. The U.S. Air Force has awarded a $36 million contract to launch the upgrades into its fleet.

The Series 3.5 upgrade, which was designed and funded by Rolls-Royce, reportedly allows T56 engines to operate at greatly reduced temperatures, extending parts life and improving reliability by 22 percent. The upgrades also provide improved “hot and high” performance. The Series 3.5 package can be installed on T56 engines on either C-130 or P-3 legacy aircraft.

The Series 3.5 technology, which is based on proven advances from other Rolls-Royce engines, can be added during regular overhauls to reduce cost and requires no changes to the aircraft or controls.

The T56 Series 3.5 engine enhancement package has already completed all requirements for US Air Force qualification on the C-130H and received FAA certification for the commercial version of the T56 engine. The US Air Force has estimated that incorporating the engine upgrade into its C-130 fleet would save $2 Billion, while extending the life of the fleet for decades.

About Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce’s vision is to be the market-leader in high performance power systems where our engineering expertise, global reach and deep industry knowledge deliver outstanding customer relationships and solutions. The company operates across five business sectors: Civil Aerospace, Defence Aerospace, Marine, Nuclear and Power Systems. It has customers in more than 120 countries, comprising more than 400 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 4,000 marine customers including 70 navies, and more than 5,000 power and nuclear customers.

Annual underlying revenue was reported at $19.43 billion* in 2015, around half of which came from the provision of aftermarket services. The firm and announced order book stood at $110.78 billion* at the end of 2015.

In 2015, Rolls-Royce invested $1.74 billion* on research and development. It also supports a global network of 31 University Technology Centres, which position Rolls-Royce engineers at the forefront of scientific research.

Rolls-Royce employs over 50,000 people in more than 46 countries. Nearly 15,700 of these are engineers.

The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills. In 2015 we employed 228 graduates and 277 apprentices through our worldwide training programs.