Pratt & Whitney to Provide F-35 Engines
On October 15, 2014, the aerospace manufacturer, Pratt & Whitney, was awarded a defense contract by the Pentagon. The contract, worth $592 million, calls for Pratt & Whitney to produce another batch of F135 engines for the F-35 fighter plane. This seventh batch will cover 36 engines and will be followed by an eighth batch of more engines, totaling an award value of over $1 billion. The fighter planes receiving the engines, also known as the Lightning II, is a single-seat, single-engine, stealth multirole fighter manufactured by Lockheed Martin Corp. With unit costs ranging from $114 million to $132 million the F-35 Lightning II is used by the United States Air Force, Marine Corps, and the Navy. Each F-35 fighter jet is powered by one F135 afterburning turbofan engine
. The engine has a conventional forward thrust variant and a multi-cycle STOVL variant which includes a forward lift fan.
The majority of the contract work will be completed in East Hartford, and is expected to be completed by September 2016. Pratt & Whitney
is an American aerospace manufacturer under the parent company United Technologies Corporation
. Their main products include aircraft engines and gas turbines for both civil and military aviation purposes. Along with Rolls Royce and General Electric, Pratt & Whitney is considered one of the 3 biggest aero-engine manufactures in the world. Having met over $14 billion in yearly revenue and with over 31,500 employees, the company supports over 180 countries which includes over 11,000 customers.
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Posted on December 3, 2014