Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has delivered the first Rolls-Royce LiftFan™, for the F-35B Lightning II, to have been assembled at its new LiftFan Factory near Indianapolis, US.
The new facility is dedicated to the LiftFan programme and delivers world-leading production efficiency, by introducing state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques and innovative technologies. This will result in lower costs for the F-35B Lightning II Programme.
The LiftFan is part of the Rolls-Royce LiftSystem® that provides Short Take Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) capability for the first aircraft in history to combine the technology with stealth and supersonic speed. This fifth-generation fighter will provide the US Marine Corps and other future customers with increased capability and the option to deploy from forward bases.
Neil Mehta, Rolls-Royce, LiftSystem Programme Director, said: “Rolls-Royce has a proud heritage in vertical lift technology. The LiftSystem continues to build on that legacy. This new focused facility will enable us to deliver this unique capability to the customer while reducing cost.”
John Gallo, Rolls-Royce, Executive Vice President, Business Operations, said: “Our new LiftFan Factory features state-of-the-art manufacturing technology, making it one of the most efficient Rolls-Royce facilities anywhere in the world. This purpose built facility will enable us to deliver even greater value for our customer.”
The Rolls-Royce LiftSystem is the only propulsion system of its type in the world. The LiftSystem comprises a LiftFan, Roll Posts and 3 Bearing Swivel Module.