A case study within the defence aero-engine market

The GE Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team develops the alternate engine for the F-35 Lightning II JSF fighter aircraft. Their engine, the F136, is one of the two engines the defence aerospace customers buying the F-35 can select. Hence the GE Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team has an ongoing marketing and sales campaign in the nations that are partnered in the JSF program. In order for Rolls-Royce to understand what they need to focus on in these various nations the need information on what the defence customer (the Ministry of Defence) values in an engine acquisition and how to use that information. Next to the question what the defence aerospace customer values there is also the ongoing pursuit of Rolls-Royce to become more aligned or integrated with their defence customers just as they have been doing with their civil aerospace customers. Therefore the main research topic is: 

What does the defence customer value and how can that be used to make Rolls-Royce and the defence aerospace customer more aligned?  

Within this research a set of factors is developed that help determine on a concise basis what the defence aerospace customer values and how those factors are related to one another. With these factors representatives from the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Air Force are interviewed in two nations willing to participate in this research. It is found that for one nation, which already is integrated with Rolls-Royce, the primary focus was cost and cost reduction. For the other nation the primary focus is developing and being a leader in sustainment activities. By letting Rolls-Royce help this nation set up their sustainment activities, the two will become more aligned and can create a win-win value creation collaborative partnership.


Prof. dr. ir. T.M. Klapwijk

  • Department Kavli Institute of Nanoscience
  • Section Physics of NanoElectronics

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M.Sc. degree in Applied Physics, Delft University of Technology, 1972

Ph.D. in Physics, Delft University of Technology, 1977, Ph.D. thesis: “Superconducting micorbridges and radiation-stimulated superconductivity”.



- PhD student, Delft University of Technology
- Assistant Professor, Delft University
- Research fellow,  Harvard University
- Associate Professor, Delft University of Technology
- Summer faculty, IBM Thomas J. Watson research laboratories
- Full professor, University of Groningen
- Visiting professor University of Califormia at Santa Barbara
- Full professor, Delft University of Technology

Research interests

Mesoscopic superconductivity and magnetism

Nanoelectronics for space research and astronomy

High-frequency response of nano-objects

Key publications

  • T.M.Klapwijk, G.E.Blonder and M.Tinkham, Explanation of subharmonic energy gap structure in superconduct ing contacts, Physica B+C 109, 1657 (1982)
  • G.E.Blonder, M.Tinkham, and T.M.Klapwijk, Transition from metallic to tunneling regimes in superconducting micorconstrictions: excess current, charge-imbalance and supercurrent conversion, Phys. Rev. B25,4515(1982)
  • D.R.Heslinga, H.H.Weitering, D.P. van der Werf, T.M.Klapwijk and T.Hibma, Atomic-structure dependent Schottky-barrier at epitaxial Pb/Si(111) interfaces, Phys. Rev. Letters 64, 1589 (1990)
  • E.J.Meijer, D.M. de Leeuw, S.Setayesh, E. van Veenendaal, B.H.Huisman, P.W.M.Blom, and T.M.Klapwijk, Solution-processed ambipolar organic field-effect transistors and inverters, Nature Materials 2, 678 (2003)
  • A.A.Shashkin, S.V.Kravchenko, V.T.Dolgopolov, and T.M.Klapwijk, Indication of a ferromagnetic instability in a dilute two-dimensional electron system, Phys. Rev. Letters 87, 086801 (2001)
  • R.S.Keizer, S.T.B.Goennenwein, T.M.Klapwijk, G.Miao, G.Xiao, and A.Gupta, A spin triplet supercurrent through the half-metallic ferromagent CrO2, Nature 439, 825 (2006)
  • B.D.Jackson, G. de Lange, T.Zijlstra, M.Kroug, J.W.Kooi, J.A.Stern and T.M.Klapwijk, Low noise 0.8-0.96 and 0.96-1.12 THz superconductor-insulator-superconductor mixers for the Herschel Space Observatory, IEEE Transactions on microwave theory and techniques 54, 547 (2006)

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