posted on March 14, 2013 15:20
Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has delivered the 31,000th M250 engine to Enstrom Helicopter Corporation for installation in a 480B training helicopter destined for the Japan Ground Self Defense Force.
The Rolls-Royce M250 engine line has amassed an impressive 223 million flight hours over the past 50 years of operation and has been continuously updated through a series of innovative design improvements during the lifetime of the program. The M250 engine continues to be installed on new applications, including the latest variant – the M250-C47E – on the US Navy’s Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout.
Greg Fedele, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President – Helicopters, said, “The Rolls-Royce M250 engine line has compiled an unmatched record of success over the years. But we haven’t just rested on those laurels. Rolls-Royce continues to roll out improvements that will reduce operational costs while delivering the outstanding power and performance customers expect from their engines. We are proud to hit this significant milestone and look forward to delivering thousands more.”
Jerry Mullins, Enstrom Helicopter, Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are pleased to accept delivery of this 31,000th M250 engine from Rolls-Royce. The M250 has the power and performance required by our Enstrom 480B customers and offers outstanding value.”
The engine was delivered to Enstrom at a ceremony Feb. 22 at Rolls-Royce in Indianapolis, following completion on the Small Engine Assembly Line.
Founded in 1959, Enstrom Helicopter Corporation manufactures a complete line of helicopters. The three-seat, piston-powered F28F and 280FX are popular training, sport and light commercial aircraft. The larger turbine-powered 480B is available as a three-place advanced trainer and patrol aircraft, a 2+2 four-seat training helicopter, or as a three- to five-place executive transport. For law enforcement applications, Enstrom produces an optionally equipped variant of the 480B, known as the Guardian, and the F28F, called the Sentinel.
Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, and has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy. As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising more than 500 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.