Report: Rolls-Royce to Chase Potential $1B Air Force Bomber Engine Replacement Contract

Report: Rolls-Royce to Chase Potential $1B Air Force Bomber Engine Replacement Contract - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Report: Rolls-Royce to Chase Potential $1B Air Force Bomber Engine Replacement Contract - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Rolls-Royce has unveiled plans to compete for a potential $1B contract to manufacture 650 engines for the U.S. Air Force's B-52 bombers, IndyStar reported Monday.

The report said Rolls-Royce will launch a year-long campaign to pursue the contract and will look to create 150 jobs in Indianapolis if the company wins.

A winning bid could yield positions at the company in areas such as manufacturing, program management and engineering.

Tom Bell, president Rolls-Royce's defense business, said the company invests in advanced manufacturing and technology platforms at its Indianapolis facility.

The company intends to offer its F130 engine for the B-52 fleet. The engine powers Air Force platforms such as the E-11A and C-37.

In 2017, the service announced its plan to replace the more than 60-year-old TF33 engines currently used on B-52s.

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