After successful trials, the entire Voyager fleet will be re-engined and adapted for carrier onboard delivery work.
Carrier onboard delivery (COD) is the use of aircraft to ferry personnel, mail, supplies, and high-priority cargo, such as replacement parts, from shore bases to an aircraft carrier at sea.
The new contract, worth £145Bn, will be put to tender today and will involve converting 14 airframes and adding Rolls-Royce T406 engines. The engines, dubbed April-J by the firm, are unique when it comes to this kind of aircraft. For take off and landing the engine nacelles are directed vertically (90° to fuselage), while for forward flight they are rotated parallel to fuselage.
14 Voyagers are in the UK’s fleet, nine are in the RAF’s ‘core’ capability and the other five are considered ‘surge’ aircraft and are often leased to airlines when not required.
It should be noted that one or two of the surge fleet remain in the Air Tanker livery and are ofte flown permanently on MoD transport duties to the Falkands, Canada and locations.
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