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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

L-3 Integrated Systems wins Rolls Royce contract

PRAM Central member L-3 Communications' Integrated Systems subsidiary has been selected by Rolls Royce, PLLC, for a contract valued at approximately $20 million to develop a flying test bed for risk-reduction flight testing of the Trent 1000 engine, which Rolls-Royce has developed for the new Boeing 7E7 aircraft.

This program requires the modification of a Boeing 747-200 aircraft to include a pylon strut adaptor to interface with the Trent 1000 engine. L-3 IS will be responsible for the aircraft modification, maintenance, logistics support and flight crews for the duration of the engine test program.

The engineering phase of the program will begin immediately, with the aircraft arriving at the L-3 IS Waco, Texas, facility in the first quarter of 2005. The program will draw heavily on engineering, production and flight test experience from other major 747 aircraft modification programs being accomplished at the Waco facility.

The Trent 1000 is the lead engine on the Boeing 7E7 program, having been selected by launch customer All Nippon Airways (ANA) to power its fleet of 50 Dreamliners. The engine has also been chosen by Air New Zealand, the only other Boeing 7E7 customer to make a selection. Development testing of the Trent 1000 will start in spring 2006, leading to certification by the airworthiness authorities in 2007. It will enter service with ANA in 2008.


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