Rolls-Royce has delivered its 250th engine to Enstrom Helicopter Corporation. The RR M250-C20W has powered the Enstrom 480B for more than 25 years, first entering service together in 1993. Engine number 250 will power a helicopter for the Botswana Police-Air Support Branch as part of a deal announced this week by Enstrom.
The 480B is Enstrom's flagship turbine helicopter, known for its combination of safety, stability, comfort and value. The five-seat aircraft serves as a military trainer, and is well suited for law enforcement, emergency medical and commercial, agricultural and private operations.
Jim Payton, VP of civil helicopter sales at Rolls-Royce says: “We're proud of the strong relationship we've built with Enstrom Helicopter, exclusively powering the 480B for nearly three decades. To deliver 250 engines is a significant milestone and compelling testament to the exceptional fit and performance of the M250.”
Enstrom president Matt Francour adds: “The relationship between Enstrom and Rolls-Royce has been just like its engines; strong and reliable. We look forward to maintaining our partnership for many years to come.”
The proven Rolls-Royce M250 engine has powered more than 260 million flight hours of dependable service. More than 33,000 M250 engines have been delivered to the marketplace.
M250 operators are supported by the Rolls-Royce FIRST network, a global, authorised system providing outstanding service. The Rolls-Royce FIRST (Fully Integrated Rolls-Royce Support Team) network provides affordable, reliable support solutions. The FIRST network includes more than 30 approved, licensed service centres around the world, and its competitive structure means operators can find affordable and reliable service anywhere for Rolls-Royce M250 or RR300 engines.
The M250 is manufactured in Indianapolis, Indiana, where a $600 million Rolls-Royce investment in modernisation and technology programmes is nearing completion, including state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing.
Rolls-Royce employs 6,000 people in 27 states across the U.S., literally coast-to-coast, from southern California to Walpole, Massachusetts. In addition, Rolls-Royce business supports more than 52,000 jobs across the U.S., adding nearly nine billion dollars to the nation's economy each year.
Rolls-Royce has invested nearly one billion dollars in research and development in the U.S. since 2013.