Global leading technology
The Rolls Royce Group is the second largest provider of defense aero-engine products and services globally with 18,000 engines in the service of 160 customers in 103 countries. Rolls-Royce engines power aircraft in every major sector including: transport; combat; patrol; trainers; helicopters; and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
Each RAF Voyager aircraft is powered by two Trent 700 engines which deliver the highest thrust available on the Airbus A330, resulting in increased operational flexibility. It is also the only engine on the A330 with a full-length cowl, reducing infra-red signature.
Rolls-Royce is a shareholder in AirTanker and AirTanker Services and provides MissionCare® availability-based support for the propulsion system in service.
Programme management of the Rolls-Royce element of AirTanker is undertaken from its Defence facility in Bristol, with additional personnel based at RAF Brize Norton. Real-time, proactive diagnostic support is provided from the Rolls-Royce Operations Centre in Derby.
Innovation in civil aviation delivering for the RAF
The Trent 700, the only engine specifically designed for the Airbus A330, is the largest selling Trent family member with over 1,500 in service or on firm order. The engine is the market leader on the Airbus A330 and has won 70 per cent of new orders over the last four years. By operating these engines, the RAF will gain the same benefits as many of today’s leading airlines from the new Trent technology, such as high levels of fuel efficiency and reliability.