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Rolls-Royce Awarded $90 Million MissionCare(TM) Contract for T-45 Trainer Engine Support.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Rolls-Royce today announced it has been awarded a one-year $90 million MissionCare[TM] contract by the U.S. Navy to provide support for the F405 (Adour) engines that power the U.S. Navy's T-45 training aircraft. MissionCare solutions, along with other aftermarket services provided to global customers by Rolls-Royce, account for more than 50 percent of the company's annual sales.

The contract is for one year with options for four additional years, and builds upon a successful five-year contract established in 2003. MissionCare is utilized within the Rolls-Royce Defense sector to apply commercial Power By The Hour[R] principles tailored to the unique requirements of the Defense business.

David Waggoner, President of Rolls-Royce Defense Services Inc. said: "The MissionCare[TM] approach focuses on a key requirement of our customer: engine availability. Over the past five years, Rolls-Royce has made significant progress supporting the U.S. Navy and the T-45 program, realizing improved engine availability as well as reliability in support of the training mission.

"We remain focused on improving readiness during this new contract as we expand our service offerings, and look forward to continuing to support the U.S. Navy on this important program."

Under the terms of the agreement, which is administered by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) at NATC Patuxent River, Maryland, Rolls-Royce will continue to provide all engine maintenance, support, trouble-shooting, parts supply and logistics for over 200 aircraft, operating at three main Naval Air Stations - Kingsville, Texas, Meridian, Mississippi and Pensacola, Florida. Based on the success of the previous contract, the U.S. Navy has expanded the scope of work to include maintenance, support and logistics for the Gas Turbine Starter.

Rolls-Royce manufactures the F405-RR-401 (Adour) engine in partnership with Turbomeca. Rolls-Royce has been involved with T-45 program support since inception through a variety of contracts awarded by both the U.S. Navy and Boeing.

NOTE TO EDITORS

1. The T-45 is used for intermediate and advanced portions of the Navy-Marine Corps pilot training program for jet carrier aviation and tactical strike missions. Currently the T-45 is scheduled to remain in service with the Navy until 2035. As the primary jet trainer for the Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA), the T-45 is used to produce approximately 325 strike aviators per year for the F/A-18, EA-6B, E-2C, and S-3B pipelines.

2. The F405 is the U.S. designation of the Adour engine which powers the trainer fleet. More than 2,880 Adours have been delivered to date, clocking up more than 7.6 million flying hours. Rolls-Royce manufactures the engines in partnership with Turbomeca.

3. Rolls-Royce, a leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defense aerospace, marine and energy.

4. Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising nearly 600 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces and more than 2,000 marine customers, including 70 navies. The company has energy customers in nearly 120 countries. Rolls-Royce employs around 36,000 people, of which 22,000 are in the UK. Forty per cent of its employees are based outside the UK - including nearly 5,000 in the rest of Europe and nearly 8,000 in North America.

5. The F405 contract is truly "power by the hour' - a single contract line item number is used to pay a fixed price per aircraft hours flown. Contract performance is measured almost exclusively against the fleet-driven performance metric of engine availability.

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