Could repair Triton engines
Rolls-Royce has almost completed the physical construction of a new, organic RQ-4B Global Hawk engine maintenance and overhaul facility for the Air Force at Tinker Air Force Base’s Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex, and soon plant equipment will be moving to the factory floor to have the facility operational by the end of calendar year 2015, as planned.
The company currently services the high-flying spy aircraft’s AE 3007H power plant at a facility in Canada but as the Global Hawk program moves from development and production to sustainment, the Air Force has a Title 10 requirement to maintain the capability organically.
During an Oct. 16 interview with Inside the Air Force, Rolls-Royce executives said construction work is about 90-percent complete and over the next six months or so machines and equipment will begin moving in.
“The construction is just about done. It’s then about moving equipment in and standing up all the systems and getting it running,” said Tom Hartmann, Rolls-Royce’s senior vice president of customer business. “I would expect a grand opening probably after October of next year.”