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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