The Adour jet engine powers trainers and light combat aircraft. It has logged 8 million hours in flight since it was first released in 1973. More than 3,000 engines have been delivered to date and are now in service with 22 Air Forces.
The different versions of the Adour (with and without reheat) have been selected for programs like the Mitsubishi T-2/F-1, and the BAE Systems Hawk and the US Navy T45 Goshawk, bestsellers in the trainer market.
The success of these Aircraft programs led to a series of contracts state operators including India (Mk804-811), the United Kingdom (RAF) (Mk104 - 151), France (AAF) (Mk102), Australia (Mk871), Canada (Mk871), Oman (Mk804/811/815 - 871), Indonesia (Mk851/871), Malaysia (Mk871), Ecuador (Mk804), Nigeria (Mk811), the U.S.A. (F-405), Finland (Mk851), Kenya (Mk851), Zimbabwe (Mk861), the United Arab Emirates (Mk861), Saudi Arabia (Mk861), Kuwait (Mk861) and Switzerland (Mk861). The Adour is considered as the standard reference and a bestseller in the 5,000 - 7,000-lb thrust class.
In their ongoing development of new technologies, and to increase customer satisfaction, Turbomeca and Rolls-Royce have brought out one new version of the Adour: the Mk951, an unreheated version for the Hawk programs, which optimises service life for the operator.
The success of this program has attracted new operators like the SAAF (South Africa Air Force) leading to an order for 24 Adour Mk951 engines (deliveries scheduled for 2004). As part of the current policy for the creation of International Pilot Schools, the Mk951 version is already set to become the future engine for the british MFTS (Military Flight Test School). In Canada, the Adour already powers the NFTC (NATO Flight Test Center). In August 2003, the UK Government oredered 20 Hawk trainer aircraft powered by the Adour Mk951, and placed options for another 24 aircrafts.