Rolls-Royce will power the next generation U.S. military aircraft

Rolls-Royce has established a new major investment project with Purdue University in Indiana, for developing test facilities for high-altitude and hybrid-electric engines to power the next generation U.S. military aircraft.

Purdue University and Rolls-Royce North America together contribute with a multi-millions dollar investment for the research.

Rolls-Royce West Lafayette will be developed at the Purdue Aerospace District, where the company currently has facilities focusing on digital engine controls.

In Zucrow Propulsion Labs the brand currently conducts advanced technology engine research.

Tom Bell, chairman and CEO of Rolls-Royce North America, said that, “Rolls-Royce has a proud history of supporting our U.S. military and commercial customers, and this new significant investment will continue to grow our capability to serve our customers.

“Today’s announcement is pivotal for two reasons,” Chiang said. “It represents the largest single economic development success to our neighborhood with Rolls-Royce colleagues and the largest research collaboration with a private-sector partner. It also advances the excellence at scale by Purdue in creating the epicenter of aerospace engineering R&D in the U.S.”

Daniel said that The “Purdue is delivering new, one-of-a-kind facilities that are national assets and will further differentiate the university as a state and national leader in securing and defending our country,”

“With this vital partnership and support from our good friends at Rolls-Royce and others, we continue to expand our role as the economic engine for this region of Indiana and beyond.”

This reflects yet another major investment in Indiana, and we are also planning significant upgrades to test facilities at our Indianapolis manufacturing campus, which has benefited from a recently completed $600 million modernization program to grow advanced manufacturing and technology capability. We thank both local and state governments for their ongoing support.”

Mitch Daniels, Purdue University President, added, “Purdue is delivering new, one-of-a-kind facilities that are national assets and will further differentiate the university as a state and national leader in securing and defending our country. With this vital partnership and support from our good friends at Rolls-Royce and others, we continue to expand our role as the economic engine for this region of Indiana and beyond.”

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