Rolls-Royce awarded $49 million contract to set up engine plant at Tinker

The company recently was awarded a $49 million contract to convert an existing building.
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: October 3, 2013

Rolls-Royce is set to open a new engine depot services plant at Tinker Air Force Base in 2015.

The company was recently awarded a $49 million contract to convert an existing building to support the U.S. Air Force's Global Hawk fleet.

The facility will be the first for Rolls-Royce at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex. The operation marks the company's first public-private Partnership to provide engine services for the U.S. Air Force.

Paul Craig, Rolls-Royce president of defense services, said the plant will launch the operation to service Rolls-Royce AE3007H engines that the company manufactures at its plant in Indianapolis. The contract includes new support equipment, tooling, work stations, assembly platforms and modification of an existing test cell. Rolls-Royce will train employees to perform engine services and certify the new facility after it is complete.

“In creating this facility, we will apply our innovative approach to services, delivering the latest advances in support, tooling and design right to the heart of the customer's operation,” Craig said. “This is another example of our customer-focused and innovative services for military operators. We tailor a variety of services to meet the needs of our customers — how they need them and where they need them.”

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by Steve Lackmeyer
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Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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The public may know Rolls-Royce best as the one-time manufacturer of luxury automobiles. That brand continues, but is controlled by a separate company, as the modern Rolls-Royce has evolved into a leading global provider of power systems and services for use on land, air and sea. The company's customers include 300 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 4,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in more than 80 countries. Rolls-Royce employs more than 45,000 people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in more than 50 countries. More than 14,000 of its employees are engineers.

In creating this facility, we will apply our innovative approach to services, delivering the latest advances in support, tooling and design right to the heart of the customer's operation.”

Paul Craig,
Rolls-Royce president of defense services

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