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Rolls-Royce wins bid to re-engine USAF B-52

Rolls-Royce will replace the B-52 Stratofortress engine with its American-made F130 engine, which will power the aircraft for the next 30 years.The Boeing B-52 has been operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) since 1955 and is expected to remain in service through 2050. The USAF released a request for proposals for 608 commercial engines in April of 2020. Known as the Commercial Engine Re-engining Program (CERP), three majors companies put forth proposals: General Electric's CF34-10 and Passport turbofans, Pratt andamp; Whitney's PW800, and Rolls Royce's F130. The Rolls-Royce F130 was selected as the winner, with the USAF planning to purchase 650 engines (608 direct replacements and 42 spares), for $2.6 billion. The F130 will replace the aging TF33-PW-103 systems currently on the bomber.The F130 and its family of engines have accumulated over 27 million engine flight hours, making it the perfect fit for the iconic B-52, known for its reliability, low life cycle costs, and minimal integration risk. The F130 is not a high-maintenance engine, Rolls-Royce noted in a release. It is expected to stay on the wing for the remainder of the B-52 lifetime, providing greater fuel efficiency, increased range, and reduced tanker aircraft requirements to the Stratofortress.The engine will be tested and assembled at the Rolls-Royce Indianapolis, Indiana, facilities, bringing more than 150 jobs to the area. The company recently completed a $600 million investment to revitalize the manufacturing campus."This is a major win for Rolls-Royce," said Craig McVay, SVP Strategic Campaigns, Rolls-Royce Defense. "We've been planning and preparing for this outcome and are ready to hit the ground running to prove that we are the best choice for the Air Force and the B-52."
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