A B-52H strategic bomber equipped with the AGM-86 variant Air-Launched Cruise Missile. Image: US Air Force.

Warzone/The Drive: Rolls-Royce Offers Peek At The B-52’s New Engines Undergoing Testing  

The B-52 re-engining saga goes back many decades, but it’s finally happening in the form of Rolls-Royce’s TF130 turbofan. 

  Now that testing has begun, Rolls-Royce has provided first looks at the F130 turbofan engines in their dual-pod configuration that will replace the outdated TF33 engines currently equipping the U.S. Air Force’s B-52H Stratofortress fleet. Rolls-Royce has offered this imagery as part of an update on the years-long effort to re-engine and modernize the service’s bombers. 

In fact, the fight to get the B-52 new engines is a saga that dates back decades. A Rolls-Royce press release explains that testing of the F130 engines under the Air Force’s B-52 Commercial Engine Replacement Program (CERP) is being carried out at the company’s outdoor test facility at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The current round of testing will focus primarily on both crosswind aerodynamic flow and confirming that the engine’s digital controls system can operate as intended.  

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 B-52 To Get A New Engine  

Rolls-Royce Testing New Engine for US Air Force B-52 Bomber Fleet — Defense Post

‘Milestone Testing’: US Air Force Is Propelling Its B-52 Bombers Towards 100 Years Of Service; Rolls-Royce Offers A ‘Sneak Peak’ — EurAsian Times

Rolls-Royce kicks off testing of replacement B-52 engine — Flight Global

Rolls-Royce B-52 engine testing gets under way for USAF — Business Live

F130 engines: Rolls-Royce begins testing new engines to revamp old B-52 fleet — Interesting Engineering