Rolls-Royce has created new engine controls capability near the campus of Purdue University to support the company’s U.S. defence business, including the F130 engine competing for the U.S. Air Force B-52 programme.

Rolls-Royce say it will assemble and test electronic engine controllers, which help manage in-flight engine operations.

“The first controller has been completed at Rolls-Royce in the Purdue Research Foundation’s Discovery Park District adjacent to the Purdue campus at West Lafayette, Indiana, and will be installed onto a Rolls-Royce AE 3007H engine, manufactured at the company’s facilities in Indianapolis, U.S.”

Tom Bell, Rolls-Royce, President – Defense and CEO of Rolls-Royce North America, said,

“Rolls-Royce has partnered with Purdue University for decades and we are excited to launch our new controls capability on campus to assemble and test these high-tech engine components. Whether for the Rolls-Royce AE family of engines or for our competitive F130 engine for the B-52, these new controllers will support U.S. military pilots as they fly around the world, offering the highest-quality technical product.”

Brian Edelman, president of Purdue Research Foundation, said:

“The new electronic engine controllers that Rolls-Royce is developing build on the long history of collaborative research and development between Purdue and Rolls-Royce. It also is a great opportunity for Rolls-Royce to expand on the success of the company’s 2017 opening of its research and development of jet engine components in the Discovery Park District.”

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Good for RR