Rolls-Royce to test UltraFan components at Dahlewitz

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Rolls-Royce is to construct a new €65 million testing facility for future aero engine components at Dahlewitz in Germany.

The manufacturer says the facility will be used to test power gearboxes.

Rolls-Royce's investment follows its disclosure that it is working on a geared-engine design, branded UltraFan. This powerplant will use components tested at the new Dahlewitz centre.

UltraFan will have a variable-pitch fan system and the manufacturer believes it could be in service in 2025, offering a 25% cut in fuel burn against the first generation of Rolls-Royce's Trent engines.

Germany's government will fund about 20% of the cost of the Dahlewitz facility. Rolls-Royce is already scheduled to inaugurate a new testbed for the Trent XWB engine at the same location later this year.