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Engine for Next-Generation Navy Drone Will Be Built in Indy

4/30/2013


Northrop Grumman vice president George Vardoulakis (left) and Rolls-Royce Defense president Tom Bell look over mockups of Northrop's Fire Scout helicopter and the Rolls M250 engine. (WIBC.com photo: Eric Berman)

Rolls-Royce's Indianapolis plant will build the engine for the newest generation of Navy drone helicopter.

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Rolls already builds the engine for the Navy Fire Scout. The new Fire Scout will be able to stay airborne for 15 hours instead of eight. That'll require a more powerful engine.

Rolls-Royce Defense president Tom Bell says the new version of the company's M-250 engine will boost power by 8% and increase fuel efficiency by 2%.

The project won't add any jobs at the Indianapolis plant, but Bell says it'll help diversify the company's production.

Northrop Grumman manufactures the helicopter itself.

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