Two global aerospace industry manufacturers with a large Indiana presence are partnering on an event to highlight their technology in action. A jet featuring Rolls-Royce and Raytheon technology will fly at low levels over the companies’ respective Indianapolis offices on a trip between Michigan and Arizona.
The fly-over is set for Tuesday, slightly after noon Eastern.
The Boeing 747-200 aircraft is powered in part by a Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 TEN engine and it is operated with support from Raytheon.
Rolls-Royce Flying Test Bed Program Manager Clive Barton says "Rolls-Royce flying test bed programs are critical in the certification process to bring new jet engines to market. Our 747 is returning from a maintenance center where we began preparing it for upcoming tests on our new Trent 1000 TEN engine. During the return flight to Tucson, we thought it would be great to say thank you to our Indianapolis engineering and manufacturing teams that contribute to the engine program’s success."
Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services Vice President of Mission Support and Modernization Todd Probert says "Raytheon is a leading provider of mission support and operations services. This event provides an opportunity to highlight our trusted partnership with Rolls-Royce’s as they evaluate their next-generation engines. We look forward to seeing the aircraft over our Indianapolis facility."
The companies have each made big announcements concerning their Indianapolis operations this year. In March, Raytheon said 250 positions will be relocated to Indianapolis by the Massachusetts company. Last month, Rolls-Royce unveiled plans for a nearly $600 million modernization at its Indianapolis operations. CEO Marion Blakey said the investment will create a state-of-the-art manufacturing center.
Rolls-Royce and Raytheon also have dealings with hundreds of suppliers throughout the state.
Rolls-Royce North America Vice President of Communications & Marketing Services Joel Reuter says there is a common “thread” for the companies in the aerospace industry.