Rolls-Royce releases new engine for American B-52 strikers |  NOW

Rolls-Royce releases new engine for American B-52 strikers | NOW


Manufacturers of British Rolls-Royce aircraft engines will supply the engine to American B-52 strikers. Therefore, obsolete equipment must be durable for years. The deal is worth up to $ 2.6 billion (2.2 billion euros), the Pentagon said.

Rolls-Royce, whose work will be carried out by its North American branch, has won a $ 501 million basic contract. Refers to the delivery of 608 engines for a total of 76 B-52 U.S. Air Force engines. Each aircraft has eight engines. But there are also many options with the program, which can further increase the volume for the manufacturer. Rolls-Royce will also supply spare parts.

The B-52 was put into service in the 1950s and was used during the Vietnam War, among other things. These heavy bombs are still vital to the United States in the current era of drone technology. Recently, B-52s were used to provide air cover during withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Americans want to use a plane until around 2050, but then the plane will have to be upgraded. The US government is spending an estimated $ 11 billion on this. There should also be new displays in the cockpit, for example.

Several developers were in the race to supply new engines. General Electric and Pratt & Whitney, who designed the current B-52s engines, also came up with a proposal. But in the end the preference went to Rolls-Royce.

Unfortunately, it’s not about the Rolls-Royce car manufacturer. The car division has not been part of the industrial group since the 1970s. Rolls-Royce cars are now being offered under the German BMW flag.