Rolls-Royce Snecma Ltd., a 50/50 joint venture between Rolls-Royce and Snecma (Safran), has signed a new contract with the UK Ministry of Defence, in collaboration with the Armaments Procurement Agency of the French Ministry of Defence, to continue design studies for the Future Combat Air System (FCAS). This future combat aircraft, which could bring new levels of capability to the air forces of the future, could enter service towards 2030.
Following the Demonstration Programme Preparation Phase, this contract marks the start of a two-year Feasibility Phase, designed to study the operational parameters for the future combat aircraft. Rolls-Royce Snecma Ltd. is undertaking in-depth studies to evaluate the aircraft’s propulsion system, in line with the joint operational requirements of France and the UK.
The French and UK governments have allocated £120 million for this new phase to the companies involved in the FCAS project: Dassault Aviation, BAE Systems, Thales, Selex ES, and Rolls-Royce Snecma Ltd.
Since the start of initial studies in September 2012, Snecma and Rolls-Royce have successfully combined their respective areas of technological expertise, and agreed on a workshare split that will meet the ambitious technical requirements of the future propulsion system. Until now, studies have focused on the development of new technologies and the assessment of new system architectures. The feasibility phase will enable Rolls-Royce Snecma Ltd. to explore innovative propulsion system concepts in greater depth.
Philippe Loty was named General Manager and Programme Executive of Rolls-Royce Snecma Ltd. in October 2014 to ensure overall coordination of the two engine-makers’ activities. According to Mr. Loty,“Snecma and Rolls-Royce have confirmed their commitment to working together within this joint entity, and to providing the resources needed to meet their objectives. Our joint technical endeavours have proceeded very smoothly over the last two years, and our people are delighted to be continuing their work on these extremely promising new technologies.”
About Snecma (Safran)
Snecma (snecma.com) is part of Safran, an international high-technology group with three core businesses: aerospace, defence and security. Snecma designs, builds and sells propulsion systems for air and space, including a wide range of commercial engines that are powerful, reliable, economical and environmentally-friendly, led by the global best-seller CFM56 and the new-generation LEAP*. The company also makes world-class military aircraft engines, as well as rocket propulsion systems and equipment for satellites and launch vehicles. Snecma is a leading provider of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for civil and military aircraft engines, under the new EngineLife® brand, offering comprehensive support for customers around the world.
• CFM56 and LEAP engines are produced and marketed by CFM International, a 50/50 joint company of Snecma (Safran), France and GE of the United States.
Rolls-Royce’s vision is to create better power for a changing world via two main business segments, Aerospace and Land & Sea. These business segments address markets with two strong technology platforms, gas turbines and reciprocating engines. Aerospace comprises Civil Aerospace and Defence Aerospace. Land & Sea comprises Marine, Nuclear & Energy and Power Systems (RRPS). On 6 May 2014 Rolls-Royce announced it had signed an agreement to sell its Energy gas turbine and compressor business to Siemens for a £785m cash consideration. On completion, expected before the end of December 2014, Rolls-Royce will receive a further £200 million for a 25 year licensing agreement.
Rolls-Royce (rolls-royce.com) has customers in more than 120 countries, comprising more than 380 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 4,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and 1,600 energy and nuclear customers.
Contact: Nick Britton - Directeur Marketing & Communications
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