The Rolls-Royce engine has been selected by the Italian Government to power Italy's new AMX close-support military aircraft.
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M.S. Spy engine in despatch shop being lowered onto stand
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G.V. part of Spy engine build shop with engines in various stages of build.
Closer. Shaft being assembled into engine
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Final dressing of a Spy engine on turnover stand. PAN and ZOOM OUT to see other Spy engines.
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Background: The Rolls-Royce engine has been selected by the Italian Government to power Italy's new AMX close-support military aircraft.
Rolls-Royce Chairman, Sir Kenneth Keith said to-day: "This valuable programme vindicates once again our policy of maintaining the development of a soundly-designed well-established engine so that it always incorporates the latest technology".
"The Spy family of engines continues to be one of our major production programmes. Its continuing success is confirmed by its selection last year for the Grumman Gulfstream III executive jet, the licence programme for Speys to be made in Romania, and now this decision by the Italian Government. The Spey will contribute to the workload of our factories into the next century".
This latest order for the Spey follows a year in which Rolls-Royce signed deals which could be worth more than GBP 2,000 million in future. Notable among these was the first ever selection by Pan American World Airways of a Rolls-Royce engine - the RB 211-52A for its TriStar -500 fleet - and orders from Eastern Air Lines and British Airways for the new RB 211-535 as lunch engine for the Boeing 757. Major orders also included Adour engines for Jaguars for India and Hawks for Finland and other countries.
The Spey engine was chosen for the AMX because its economics, reliability and performance best suited the needs of this single-engined aircraft which will cruise at high subsonic speeds.
The Spey Mk 807 for Italy is a derivative of the Buccaneer Spey Mk 101 and the Spey Mk 555 which powers the Fokker F-28 airliner and which is the most reliable and economic turbofan in its thrust class. The Spey Mk 807 has a take-off thrust of 11,030 lb. Some of the development work will be carried out in Italy.
The Italian Government is planning to manufacture a major proportion of the Spey engines for the AMX under licence in Italy. Manufacture of Spey engines, components and spares will continue for at least 20 years for AMX aircraft produced for the Italian Air Force and export customers. Selection of the Spey for the AMX will further strengthen Rolls-Royce's existing collaboration with Italy which currently includes the RB 199, Viper and Tyne engines.