LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Air Force has funded flight tests of upgraded Rolls-Royce T56 engines on a Lockheed Martin C-130H aimed at increasing reliability and service life as well as cutting fuel consumption by around 8%. The T56-15 Series 3.5 “enhancement” kit is expected to undergo tests at Edwards AFB, Calif., around mid-2012. Originally launched in response to U.S. government calls for reduced dependence on foreign oil, the upgrade is expected to contribute to the Air Force’s ...

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