Rolls-Royce and Russia's Lyulka Saturn are to form a joint-venture company to develop an industrial-gas-turbine engine based on the design bureau's AL-31 powerplant, which is fitted to the Sukhoi Su-27 fighter aircraft.

The 16mW-power AL-31ST will be marketed by Lyulka Rolls-Royce, and will use advanced combustion system technology from R-R's industrial RB.211 engine. R-R says it is "too early to say" whether the venture could eventually include aero engines.

Source: Flight International