An Adour Mk 102 at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford
Type Turbofan
Manufacturer Rolls-Royce Turbomeca Limited
Built by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
First run 1968
Major applications BAE Hawk
McDonnell Douglas T-45 Goshawk
Mitsubishi F-1
Number built >2,800

The Rolls-Royce Turbomeca Adour is a two-shaft low bypass turbofan aircraft engine developed by Rolls-Royce Turbomeca Limited, a joint venture between Rolls-Royce (UK) and Turbomeca (France). The engine is named after the Adour, a river in south western France.[1]


The Adour is a turbofan engine developed primarily to power the Anglo-French SEPECAT Jaguar fighter-bomber, achieving its first successful test run in 1968. It is produced in versions with or without reheat.

As of July 2009 more than 2,800 Adours have been produced, for over 20 different armed forces with total flying hours reaching 8 million in December 2009.[2] The U.S. military designation for this engine is the F405-RR-401 (a derivative of the Adour Mk 871), which is currently used to power the fleet of Boeing / BAE Systems T-45 Goshawk trainer jets of the United States Navy.


Bench engines
Ten prototype engines were built for testing by both Rolls-Royce and Turbomeca.[3]
Flight development engines
Development engines for the Jaguar prototypes, 25 built.[3]

Reheated (afterburning)

Adour Mk 811 displayed at HAL Aerospace Museum

Dry (non-afterburning)

Higher bypass



Ishikawajima-Harima TF40-IHI-801A

General characteristics



Engines on display

Specifications (Adour Mk 106)

Data from Rolls-Royce[12]

See also

Related lists


  1. ^ Gunston 1989, p.155.
  2. ^ Rolls-Royce PLC -Adour product page Retrieved: 21 July 2009
  3. ^ a b c d "Development of the Adour". Flight International: 649–650. 26 April 1973.
  4. ^ "Adour, power for the Hawk, Goshawk & Jaguar". Rolls-Royce plc, Dated: 1 April 2006.
  5. ^ "RAF Jaguar GR3/GR3A". Royal Air Force, Dated: May 2007. Archived from the original on 17 May 2008.
  6. ^ [dead link]
  7. ^ "Hawk Trainer Aircraft". Air Force Technology. 2009. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  8. ^ "BAE Systems Taranis". FlugRevue. 2007. Archived from the original on 1 May 2008. Retrieved 9 December 2006.
  9. ^ "Rolls-Royce Adour Factsheet" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 June 2011.
  10. ^ "Engines List". City of Norwich Aviation Museum. Retrieved 27 August 2023.
  11. ^ "South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum | Aircraft List". AeroventureSYAM. Retrieved 24 December 2023.
  12. ^ Rolls-Royce Adour fact sheet Archived 5 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved: 21 July 2009
  • Bill, Gunston (1989). World Encyclopedia of Aero Engines. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Patrick Stephens Limited. ISBN 978-1-85260-163-8.