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The Pentagon has revealed that the U.S. Air Force has chosen Rolls-Royce's North American division to supply F130 turbofans to re-engine its fleet of B-52H bombers. This upgrade program, which has been years, if not decades, in the making, is a major milestone for the service's B-52H fleet and will help ensure those bombers keeping flying through 2050.

Details about the deal were included in today's edition of the Pentagon's daily contracting notice, which includes information about all awards valued over $7.5 million. Rolls-Royce's new contract from the Air Force is valued at $500,870,458 over the next six years but could grow to over $2.6 billion if all of its options are exercised.

"The TF33, which has powered the B-52H since the very first of these bombers entered service in the 1960s, is also just a dated, inefficient, low-bypass design. “Once installed, the F130 will provide vastly greater fuel efficiency while increasing range and reducing tanker aircraft requirements,” Rolls-Royce's website notes. This was another major factor for the Air Force in deciding whether or not to proceed with the re-engining effort."
 

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The Pentagon has revealed that the U.S. Air Force has chosen Rolls-Royce's North American division to supply F130 turbofans to re-engine its fleet of B-52H bombers. This upgrade program, which has been years, if not decades, in the making, is a major milestone for the service's B-52H fleet and will help ensure those bombers keeping flying through 2050.

Details about the deal were included in today's edition of the Pentagon's daily contracting notice, which includes information about all awards valued over $7.5 million. Rolls-Royce's new contract from the Air Force is valued at $500,870,458 over the next six years but could grow to over $2.6 billion if all of its options are exercised.

"The TF33, which has powered the B-52H since the very first of these bombers entered service in the 1960s, is also just a dated, inefficient, low-bypass design. “Once installed, the F130 will provide vastly greater fuel efficiency while increasing range and reducing tanker aircraft requirements,” Rolls-Royce's website notes. This was another major factor for the Air Force in deciding whether or not to proceed with the re-engining effort."
B52s should be in the Museum, don't think new engines will do it any good.
 

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B52s should be in the Museum, don't think new engines will do it any good.
LOL! Sure it looks like it should be in a museum, but they over engineered it to the point that it could fly another 50 years or more with constant upgrades. With new engines you got more range and more power, probably equip it with lasers in the future. And it can carry a large variety of weapons. Who knows, maybe they will have a B-52 replacement with more payloads and range, etc.



 

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I'm sure GE and Pratty tried.
But failed? So what does this say about America’s Industrial might? Relying on European Engines and helicopters (AW139 purchase for USAF) and possibly even having A330MRTTs
 

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But failed? So what does this say about America’s Industrial might? Relying on European Engines and helicopters (AW139 purchase for USAF) and possibly even having A330MRTTs
We have to keep the European countries happy to you know. It can't be all one sided or we won't be selling any F35's to the EU.
 

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It was developed by Rolls Royce and BMW Aero for the GulfStream jets
So the B-52 program chose what served its requirements the best, as every customer should. That is why Airbus jets are also sold with P&W engines. There are now actually engine consortia since modern engines are so costly and complex to develop.
 

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So the Americans can’t even develop a competitive engine anymore?
Or it simply so that 400-500 units is not that much that you want spend development money. Someone who has something similar to the requirements is bound go win.
So it has nothing to do with technical capability.
It is a simple business case calculation.
 

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