Rolls-Royce has introduced its M250-C47E engine along with a new smartphone application and additional services for RR300 operators. The company detailed the offerings during the 2013 Heli-Expo in Las Vegas last week.
Rolls-Royce M250-C47E at the company’s Heli-Expo booth. Photo by Barry Schwartz
The U.S. Navy is the military launch customer for the M250-C47E, and will incorporate it into the MQ-8C Fire Scout, Northrop Grumman’s latest unmanned helicopter variant designed for reconnaissance missions. The engine has a nearly eight percent increase in rated takeoff power to 700 shaft horsepower, according to Rolls-Royce.
The company also announced a new smart phone application for M250 operators, to provide easier access to maintenance and support information. Enstrom Helicopter recently received the 31,000th M250 engine from Rolls-Royce. The milestone engine will power a 480B training variant for the Japan Ground Self Defense Force.
Rolls-Royce Senior VP Greg Fedele. Photo by Ernie Stephens
Additionally, Rolls-Royce is establishing a new global network for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the RR300, which powers the Robinson R66. Along with the network, the company is offering new service plans for RR300 operators to better predict and reduce maintenance costs.
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